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CHILDREN  OF  THE   ABBEY 


BEGIN. V   MARIA    ROCHE. 


COMPI.KTK    IN    ONE   VOL. 


P  in  I.  A  D  C  L  P II  t  A : 

J.    B.   LIPPINCOTT   k   CO. 


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CHILDREN  OF  THE  ABBEY 


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'*A  oiatebleM  pair; 
AVith  4'qual  rirtue  formM  uid  equal  grace, 
Tk«  Mine.  diHlingnipb'd  by  their  aez  alone: 
Ifeni  the  mild  luiitre  of  the  bloondng  moro, 
And  hi«  the  radiiiuqa  of  the  riien  day." 


Thomsov. 


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CHILDREN  OF  THE  ABBEY. 


CHILDREN   OF   THE   ABBEY. 


Tdloir  (iKtm  Ooni  rii 


I  iDtrm  the  ooltage  hid  mws'd, 
idbLDv  crept  nabtalf  tovadt 


P  Sut,  iweet  uylnm  of  107  intho^ !  Oontent  and  InnoceDce  reaide 
Weath  your  hamble  roof,  and  Oharity  onboostful  of  the  good  U 
readers.  HatI,  ye  venerable  trees!  mj  happieat  honra  of  cMldisb 
gaiety  were  passed  beneath  your  shelter;  then  carolesa  as  the  bird* 
that  acng  upon  joor  boughs,  I  bnghed  the  hoars  away,  nor  knew  of 

Here  Bnrely  I  shall  be  guarded  from  duplicity,  and,  if  not  happy, 
at  least  in  some  degree  tranquil.  Here  unmoleBted  may  1  wait,  till 
the  mde  Btorm  of  sorrow  ia  overblown,  and  my  father's  arma  are 
again  expanded  to  receive  me. 

Snch  were  the  words  of  Amanda,  as  the  chiuse  (which  alio  had 
hired  at  a  neighbouring  village  on  qnitting  the  mail)  tnmed  down  a 
little  verdant  lane,  almost  darkened  by  old  trees,  whose  tnlerwovea 
branches  allowed  her  scarcely  a  glimpse  of  her  nnrse's  cottage,  till 
■he  had  reached  the  door. 

A  number  of  tender  recollections  mahing  upon  her  mind,  rendered 
her  almost  unable  to  alight ;  but  her  nnrse  and  her  hnsband,  who  had 
been  impatiently  watching  for  the  arrival  of  their  fondling,  asaiatet: 
«r;  and  tlie  former,  obeying  the  dictatea  of  nature  and  affeotion, 


10  CBILDRIII     or     THB     IBBBT. 

tbose  thej  sung  came  in  Uieir  niitling  winds,  and  were  teen  to  ben!) 
with  joy  towards  Uie  sound  of  their  pnuse."  To  proceed  in  the 
boantifti!  lonpinge  of  Ossian:  "the  aonnd  was  monrnful  and  low,  liWe 
the  King  of  tbo  tomb;  ancb  ns  Fingnl  beard  when  the  crowded  siglis 
of  his  bosoiii  rose;"  and,  "Bome  of  mj  heroes  are  low,"  said  the 
grey-haired  king  of  Morvon:  "I  hear  the  sound  of  death  on  the 
liarp.  Ossian,  touch  tlio  trorobling  string.  Bid  the  sorrow  rise,  that 
their  spirits  inay  fly  with  joy  to  Morven'g  woody  hills."  He  lonched 
the  harp  before  the  king;  the  aonnd  was  rnonrnful  and  low.  "Bend 
forwards  from  yonr  elonds,"  he  aaid;  "gboats  of  my  fathers,  bend. 
Lay  by  tlie  red  terror  of  your  coarae.  Receive  the  falKng  chief; 
whether  he  comes  from  a  distant  land,  or  rises  IVom  tbo  rollii^  sea 
let  his  robe  of  mist  be  near,  his  iipear  that  is  formed  of  a  olond; 
place  a  half-eitinguished  meteor  by  his  side,  in  the  form  of  the  hero'a 
sword.  And,  oh !  lot  his  conntenance  be  lovely,  that  his  friends  rosy 
delight  ia  his  presence.  Bend  from  yonr  clouds,"  he  said,  "ghoete 
of  ray  fathers,  bend." 

The  sweet  enthusiasm  which  aroyie  in  Amanda's  iilud  from  her 
preeent  situation  her  carefd  nnrso  soon  pnt  an  end  to,  by  reminding 


fiflKn;  to  BiiD  tfierefore,  U>  Hiin  be  niaei  Uie  fervent  prs;er  (or 
I  fBdering  abortive  ever;  iclieme  of  treachery." 

8h»  prajed  with  &11  the  ferveac;  of  devotion ;  ber  vandering 
I  ^woghU'were  nil  redtraioed,  &ad  her  passions  gradaallj  Bubaided  into 

I  "ffamied  by  a  pare  and  ardent  piety,  that  saored  power  ivhicb 
I  ^omee  with  lieaiiiig  on  its  wings  to  the  afflicted  children  of  humanity, 
1  ifae  felt  a  placid  hope  epring  in  her  heart,  that  whispered  to  it,  all 
I  wonld  yet  be  well. 

Bbe  rose  traoqnil  ond  animated.  Tbe  inhabitaDts  of  the  cottage 
I  v*^  retired  to  repoM ;  and  Bbe  heard  do  sonnd  eave  the  ticking  of 
1  tbe  old  clock  troin  the  ontaide  room.  8be  went  to  the  window,  bdi- 
[  iwaing  the  white  oalico  curtain,  looked  down  the  valley;  it'wa* 
I  lllnininated  by  the  beams  of  the  moon,  which  tipt  the  trees  with  a 
I  ahculowy  Nlrer,  and  tlirew  a  line  of  radiance  on  tbe  clear  rivulet. 
I  All  waa  still  aa  if  creation  slept  npon  the  bosom  of  aerenity.  Bere, 
I  while  contempUtiDg  tlie  soeao,  a  sodden  flatter  at  tbe  window 
I  flUrtUd  ber;  and  abe  saw  in  &  moment  ailer  a  bird  flit  across,  and 
I  |wrch  on  a  tree  whose  bongbs  diaded  tbe  easement :  a  soft  aerenail* 

Rls  immediately  begnn  by  tbe  sweet  and  plaintive  bird  of  sight. 
Amanda  at  lei^gtb  dropped  tbe  curtain  and  songht  repose ;  it  sooD 

bleat  hec  eyelids,  and  ahed  a  aweet  ohUidon  over  all  lier  cares. 


FtnaLAI,  the  father  of  Amanda,  was  tbe  iesoendant  of  oi 
Ihib  bail;,  whiah  bad  boweTer',  nmbrtuiiately,  attained  the 


tS  uaiLiiitEK    or   THE    iDDsr. 

of  iU  prosperity  long  before  hla  entmnoe  inlo  life;  eo  that  little  tnOTt 
than  the  name,  once  dignified  by  iUaaCrious  actions,  was  loft  to  itp 
posterity.  The  parents  of  Fitiftlan  were  supported  by  an  employ- 
ment under  goTsmment,  which  enabled  them  to  wive  a  smiUl  snra  for 
their  son,  an  only  child,  who,  at  an  early  perioJ,  became  ite  soI» 
ir.aster,  by  their  dying  witMn  a  short  period  of  each  oUier.  As  soon 
w  he  had  in  some  degree  recovered  the  shock  of  snob  calamJtiM,  he 
laid  out  his  little  pittance  in  tlie  purchase  of  a  commission,  as  a  pro- 
fession best  sniting  his  inolinationa  and  finances. 

The  war  between  America  and  France  bad  then  just  commenced; 
and  Fitzalan's  regiment  waa  amongst  the  first  forces  sent  to  the  tail  of 
the  former.  The  scenes  of  war,  though  dreadlidjy  affecting  to  a  sonl 
of  ciqnisite  sensibility,  such  as  he  possessed,  had  not  power  to  damp 
the  ardour  of  his  spirit;  for  with  the  name  he  inherited  the  hardy 
resolution  of  his  progenitors. 

lie  had  once  the  good  fortune  to  save  the  life  of  a  British  soldier: 
be  was  one  of  a  small  party,  who,  by  the  treachery  of  their  guides, 
were  suddenly  surprised  in  a  wood,  through  which  they  were  obMged 
to  pass,  to  join  another  detachment  of  the  army.    Their  only  way  in 


CRILDRSn      or      THE      AUBET  IB 

Tlteflrst  appeonince  of  tbe  officers  at  the  Abbey,  was  at  a  ball  give»> 
bj  laily  Diioreath,  in  coiiseqnence  of  their  nrrival  nenr  il;  the  goltito 
■parttnunts  were  Oecorated,  and  lighted  up  with  a  eplendonr  that  at 
once  diepUfeiJ  taste  and  inogmBccDce:  the  Ughls,  the  mniilo,  tha 
brilliancy  and  onoaaal  gaiety  of  the  company,  all  gave  to  the  spirit* 
of  Melvina  an  agreeabte  tlnlter  they  had  never  before  experienced; 
and  a  brighter  biooin  than  usual  stole  over  ber  lovely  obeek. 

The  young  co-heiresBea  were  eitremely  admired  by  the  military 
heroes.  Malrina  as  the  eldest  opened  the  ball  with  the  oolonel:  her 
farta  had  attracted  the  eyes  of  Fil^atan,  and  vainly  be  attempted  to 
withdraw  them,  till  the  Uvely  oonversation  of  Angnsta,  who  honoured 
him  with  her  hand,  forced  hini  to  restrain  Im  glanceB,  and  pay  her 
the  sprightly  attention  aa  generally  eipeeted — when  he  came  to  turn 
o  Holvinft,  be  involuntarily  detained  her  hand  for  a  moment;  ehd 
blosbed,  and  the  timid  beam  that  stole  from  her  h^-averted  cyea 
agibited  Ma  whole  sool. 

Partnere  were  changed  in  the  course  of  the  evening,  and  he  seized 
the  6ret  opportunity  that  offered  for  engaging  her;  the  softncsa  of 
her  voice,  the  siraplioity  yet  elegance  of  her  language,  now  (snptivated 
Ills  beert,  as  much  as  her  form  had  charmed  bis  eyes. 

Kever  had  he  before  seen  an  object  be  thought  ball  bo  lovely  or 
engaging;  with  ber  he  could  not  support  that  lively  strain  of  conver- 
sation he  bad  done  with  her  sister.  Where  the  heart  is  mach  inter* 
eetcd,  it  wiQ  not  admit  of  trilling. 

fitcalan  was  now  in  the  meridian  of  mmiliood;  Ills  stature  waa< 
above  tlie  common  size,  and  elegance  and  dignity  were  conspicnouaia 
it ;  liis  features  were  regularly  bondsome,  and  the  fiurness  of  bis  foro- 
head  proved  what  his  complexion  bad  been,  till  change  of  ollmata 
and  hardship  had  embrowned  it ;  the  exprewdon  of  bis  conntenanos 
WBi  somewhat  plaintive;  his  eyes  bad  a  sweetness  in  them,  thai 

1  spoke  a  aonl  of  the  tendorest  feelings;  and  the  smile  that  played 
around  liis  moutli  would  hare  adorned  the  face  of  female  beauty. 
When  the  dance  wiUi  Ludy  Malvina  was  over,  Lady  Augustn  took 
rare  for  tlie  remainder  of  the  evening  to  engro^  all  his  attention. 
Slie  Uiought  him  by  far  the  handsomest  man  in  t)ie  room,  and  gava 
Itim  no  opportunity  of  avoiding  ber;  gallantry  obliged  Uiin  to  return 
hw  aaeldnitiea,  and  he  was  hy'hls  brother  otlicers  set  down  in  the  list 
pf  her  adorers.     This  ini'lahe  lie  enconiagcd;  he  ronM  bear  raillery- 


ID  cniLDDKN    or    the    adbbt. 

on  flo  iudifTprcnt  Eubjoct ;  and  joined  in  the  miitli,  whicb  the  idea  of 
tuB  lapng  siege  to  tbe  jonng  heiress  occAsioned. 

He  deluded  Limself  with  no  falae  hopes  relative  to  tbe  reid  object 
of  his  passion ;  lie  knew  the  obslAcles  between  them  were  insuperable ; 
but  his  heart  waa  too  proud  to  oompldn  of  fat«;  ho  ahoiik  off  all 
appearance  of  melancholy,  and  eeemad  more  animated  than  ever. 

Hi:)  visits  at  the  Abbe;  became  oonstant ;  Lady  Augusta  took  them 
o  herself,  and  encouraged  liis  attentions ;  as  her  mother  rendered  her 
lierfect  mistress  of  her  own  actions,  she  bad  generally  a  levee  of  red 
ooats  every  morning  in  her  dreesing-room.  Lady  Jlalvina  seldom 
appeared;  she  was  at  those  times  almost  always  employed  in  reading 
a  her  father;  when  that  was  not  the  cose,  her  own  fiivourite  avooa- 
ions  often  detuned  her  in  her  room ;  or  else  she  wandered  out,  abont 
the  romantic  rocks  on  the  sea  sliore  ;  she  delighted  in  solitary  ramMos, 
and  loved  to  visit  the  old  peasants,  who  told  her  tales  of  her  deported 
mother's  goodness;  drawing  tears  of  sorrow  from  her  eyes,  at  the 
irreparable  loss  she  had  sustained  by  her  death. 

Fitzalon  went  one  morning  as  usnal  to  the  Abbey  to  pay  his  constant 
visit;  OS  he  went  through  the  gallery  which  led  to  Lady  Angnslu's 


CHICDRIX      or      THit      ABBET  17 

li>d««il,"  saiil  Malvina,  with  a  more  pen^ve  voice  than  usuul,  luid  loil 
tlie  wHy  Ui  her  sister's  dresgiDg-room. 

LftdfAagaatawasapangling  some  ribbon;  bnt  at  FitzaLm's  entrance 
ebe  threw  it  asi^e,  and  asking  if  he  hud  been  admiring  her  picture. 
Tea,  he  Eaid,  'twas  that  alone  had  prevented  hia  before  paying  bia 
homage  to  tlie  original.  lie  proceeded  in  a  etrain  of  compliments, 
vhich  bad  more  gallantrj  than  sincerity  in  them.  Id  the  c< 
of  their  trifling,  he  snatched  a  knot  of  the  spangled  ribbon,  and 
pinning  it  neit  hia  heart,  declared  it  should  remain  there  as  a  toll: 
■gainst  all  future  impressiona. 

Be  stole  a  glance  at  Lady  Ualvina, — she  held  a  book  in  lier  hand; 
tint  her  eyes  were  tnmed  towards  him,  and  a  deadly  paleness  i 
spread  her  conntenance. 

fltzalon's  spirit  Tanished ;  he  started  and  declared  he  moat  be  gODO 
immediately.  Tlie  dqecCion  of  Lady  Malvina  dwelt  npon  liia  heart; 
it  flattered  its  fondness,  but  pained  its  sensibility.  Ue  lelt  llie  fort  it 
the  evening  imraediotoly  after  he  had  retired  from  the  mess;  he 
strolled  to  tlie  seft-side,  and  rambled  a  coDGiderable  way  among  the 
rocks.  The  scene  was  wild  and  solemn ;  the  shadows  of  evening  v 
beginning  to  descend ;  the  waves  stole  with  low  mnrmnrs  upon 
fhore,  the  soft  breeze  gently  agitated  the  marine  plants  that  grow 
amongst  Uie  crevices  of  the  rooks ;  already  were  the  sea  fowl,  with 
harsh  and  melancholy  criea,  flocking  to  their  nests,  some  lightly  skim- 
ming over  the  surface  of  the  water,  while  others  were  seen,  like  dark 
olonds,  rising  from  the  long  beatb  of  the  neighboring  hills.  Fttzalan 
pQiBOed  his  way  in  deep  and  melancholy  meditation,  from  which  a 
plaintive  Scotch  air,  anng  by  the  melljng  voice  of  harmony  itself, 
roused  him.  Ue  looked  towards  the  spot  &om  whence  the  sonnd 
proceeded,  and  beheld  Lady  Malvina  standing  on  a  low  rock, 
projection  of  which  afllbrded  her  support.  Nothing  could  be  more 
pictnresijne  tlian  her  appearonc* :  she  looked  like  one  of  the  beautiful 
tbrms,  which  Ossian  so  often  describes ;  her  white  dress  flattered 
with  tlie  wind,  and  her  daik  hair  hnng  dishevelled  around  her. 
FiiwdHH  moved  softly  and  stopped  behind  her;  siie  wept  as  she  sung, 
and  wiped  away  her  tears  as  she  ceased  singing:  and  she  sighed 
heavily.  "Ah,  my  mother,"  she  e»olaimed,  "why  was  Malvins 
briiind  yout" 

''To  blew  and  improve  mankind,"  cried  Fitzalau,    She  acreanedj 


18  CHILDREN    or    rax    ABStr. 

and  would  bare  lUlen,  had  be  not  caught  her  iu  hii  arms :  he  pfuvailm) 

on  her  to  sit  donn  upun  the  rook,  and  alloiv  him  to  support  her,  liU 
tlie  ugitalion  bad  sntuiided.  "And  whf,"  cried  be,  "sbcuUd  lady 
Ualvina  give  way  to  inelanohol]',  bleased  as  she  is  with  oil  Chut  cou 
render  bl'e  desirable  I  Why  seek  its  indnlgence  by  nunbling  abont 
tbeee  dreary  rocks,"  fit  haunts  uloae,  he  loiglit  h&ve  added,  for  tvreloh- 
e-iness  and  nie)  "Can  I  help  wondering  at  your  dtjettion,"  (contio- 
ued  be)  "when  lo  all  appearance,  (at least)  1  iieeyou  posscs^ied  of erery 
thing  requisito  to  constitote  felidtyl" 

"  Appearances  are  olten  dcoeitfiil,"  said  Malviua,  (forgetting  in  that 
moment  tlio  cautiou  ehe  had  hitherto  inviolably  observed,  of  never 
hinting  at  the  ill,  treatment  she  had  received  from  the  ooantesB  rf 
Dunreath  and  her  daughter.)  "Appearances  are  often  deceitful,"  she 
•aid,  "as  I,  alasi  too  latally  experience.  The  glare,  the  ostentation 
of  wealtli,  a  soul  of  eensibility  would  willingly  regigQ  for  privacy  and 
ptainnesa,  if  tbey  were  to  be  attended  with  real  friendship  and 
sympathy." 

"And  how  few,"  cried  Fitzalan,  turning  his  eipressive  eyes  njion 
her  face,  "  can  know  Lady  Ualvina  without  feeling  ftiendHhip  for  her 
iHthy  for  her  Borrows."    Aa  he  spoke,  be  preesed  her 


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CB1I.08KN      OF      THE      iBBIT-  IB 

Kueqttible,  1  am  not  sspiring,"  He  then  presented  Lis  band  to 
UttiTJosi  Bhe  deecmded  from  her  seat,  and  the;  walked  towahjs  the 
Abbe;.  Ijidj  Uolvioa's  pa«t)  woa  slow ;  mnd  hsr  blushes,  had  Fitzalan 
looked  «t  her,  wwld  have  eipreaaed  more  pleasaro  tbui  rcseniiDent; 
Khe  e«eiiuNl  to  expect  &  itill  farther  JeohLration ;  but  Fitulan  was  too 
confiued  to  Bpeak;  nor  indeed  was  it  his  ioteotion  Rguo  to  indulge 
himoetf  on  the  daogerons  BUlfject:.  They  procaeded  in  ailcnc«;  &t  the 
Abbe;  gate  they  stopped  and  he  wiaiied  her  good  night.  ^'  Shall  wb 
not  noon  see  yoa  at  the  Abbej  ?"  exclaimed  Ladj  Malvina  in  a  flurried 
voice,  which  seemed  to  eB;  she  thonght  her  adieu  rather  an  hoatj 
one.  "No,  my  lovely  friend,"  cried  Fitialan,  pauaicg,  -whiio  be 
looked  OD  her  with  tho  mo«t  oomfiasBionbte  tenderness,  '^  In  future  I 
^all  cliiefly  coDfioe  myself  to  the  fort."  "Do  yon  dread  an  inva- 
'■iont"  atked  she,  smiling,  vrbile  a  stolen  glance  of  her  eye  gave  a 
pe<^]iar  meaning  to  her  wordti.  "  I  long  drended  that,"  cried  he,  in 
tbe  same  strain,  "and  uiy  fears  were  well  founded;  but  1  must  now 
muster  all  my  powers  to  di-tlodgo  the  enemy."  Ue  ki&sed  her  hand  and 
then  predpitately  retired. 

Lady  UalrinB  repaired  to  her  chamber  in  eooh  tnmnlt  of  pleasure 
■a  she  had  never  before  e!i|<crienced,  She  admired  FitzaliLU  from  the 
-first  evening  she  beheld  him;  though  bis  attenUona  were  directed  to 
her  sister,  the  language  of  his  eyes  to  her  contradicted  any  attauh- 
'luent  these  attentions  niigbt  have  intimated ;  his  gentleneHs  and 
•rauibility  seemed  congemul  to  her  own.  Hitherto  she  had  been  the 
tlave  of  tyranny  and  caprice ;  and  now,  for  the  first  time,  experienced 
tbat  sootiiing  tendcrneHS,  her  wounded  feelings  had  so  long  sighod 
tor.  She  was  agitated  and  delight«d{  she  overlooked  every  ol«tacle 
to  her  wishee,  and  wai»d  impatiently  a  fiulher  explanation  of  Fit«- 
alan's  Mntiments. 

Far  different  were  his  feelings  from  here ;  to  know  he  was  beloved, 
could  scarcely  yield  him  plsasure,  wlicn  he  reflected  on  his  hopeless 
aitoatioii,  whicli  forbade  Lis  avaihng  himself  of  any  advantage  lliflt 
knowledge  might  have  aflbrded.  Of  a  union  indeed,  he  did  not  dare 
to  think,  since  its  conseqncno<M  he  knew  must  be  destruction ;  for, 
rigid  and  anst«re  as  the  earl  was  represented,  he  conld  not  flatter 
himself  he  woold  ever  pardon  snch  a  step ;  and  the  means  of  support- 
ing Lidy  Malvina,  in  any  degree  of  comfort,  he  did  not  posseaa  him 
He  determined,  as  mncL  as  possible,  to  avoid  her  piemooe,  ar.d 


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r^^retted  oondnuBllf  having  yielded  to  the  impulse  or  his  heaH,  uid 
revealed  hU  love,  since  he  believed  it  had  augmented  hers. 

By  degrees  he  discontinoed  hia  viaits  at  the  Abbey;  but  often  mot 
Lady  Malvina  at  parties  in  the  neighbonrhood;  caotiui:,  however, 
always  sealed  hia  lips,  and  every  appearance  of  particnlarity  van 
Rvoided.  The  time  now  approached  for  the  departnre  of  the  regi- 
luent  to  Scotland ;  and  Lady  Molvina,  instead  of  the  ezplaoatiou  she 
BO  fondly  expected,  BO  ordeatly  desired,  saw  Fitzalan  studions  to 
avoid  lier. 

The  disappointioent  this  condnot  gave  rise  to  was  too  mach  for  the 
tender  and  romantio  heart  of  Malvina  to  bear,  without  secretly 
repiuiog.  Society  grew  irksome;  ahe  became  more  than  ever 
attached  to  solitarj  rambles,  which  gave  her  opportonities  of  indnlg- 
ing  her  sorrows  withont  reatraint;  sorrows,  pride  oi\en  reproached 
her  for  experiencing. 

It  was  within  a  week  of  ibe  change  of  garrison,  when  Malvina 
repured  one  evening  to  the  rock,  where  Fitzal&n  had  discloaed  his 
tenderness ;  a  siinilarity  of  feeling  led  him  thither ;  he  snw  his  dan- 
ger, but  he  had  no  power  to  retreat;  ha  sat  down  by  Malvina,  and 
they  conversed  for  some  time  on  different  snttjecta;  at  last,  after  a 


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•bonliler  and  wept,  "  Good  Heavens,"  oried  FitiBlan,  almost  Irc^n- 
bling  beneath  the  lovel;  burden  he  supported — "'Wliat  a  cruel  flitu- 
ktion  it  miael  But,  Malvioa,  I  will  not,  caiinot  plunge  jou  iut/t 
deetructioo.  Led  b^  necessit;  as  well  us  cboioe  to  eitibraca  the  pro 
fuwion  of  a  soldier,  I  Lave  no  income,  but  wbat  is  derived  froia  that 
(irofeesion:  though  my  own  diBtreeses  1  could  bear  with  .".jrtitude, 
j-otirs  would  toUllj  nnnian  me;  nor  would  m;  hononr  be  leea  injured 
than  my  peace,  were  jou  involved  in  diffionlties  on  mj  account. 
Our  separation  is  therefore,  alas,  inevitable." 

"Ohl  DO,"  oxolaimed  Malvina,  "the  dtlScolties  jon  have  men- 
tioned will  vaniiib.  My  father's  affections  were  early  alienated  from 
me;  and  my  late  is  of  little  consequence  to  him — nay,  I  have  reason 
to  believe  he  will  be  glad  of  an  eicuse  for  leaving  fais  large  posses* 
aions  lo  Augustai  and  ohl  how  little  shall  I  envy  her  those  poflseti- 
aiona,  if  the  happy  destiny  I  now  look  forward  to  is  mine."  A» 
ehe  spoke  her  mild  eyes  rested  on  the  face  of  Fitzolan,  who  cLisped 
her  to  his  bosom  in  a  sudden  transport  of  tenderness.  "  But  though 
my  laliier  is  partial  to  Augusta,"  continued  she,  "I  am  sure  he  will  not 
be  nnnatnral  to  me ;  and  though  he  may  withhold  alfluence,  he  will, 
]  am  confident,  allow  me  a  competence — nay,  Lady  Dnnreath,  I 
believe,  in  pleasure  at  my  removal  from  Uie  Abbey,  would,  if  ho 
beaitated,  in  that  respect  become  my  intercessor." 

The  energy  with  which  Malvina  spoke,  convinced  Fitzalan  of  th«  , 
strength  of  her  affection.  An  eitsfy,  never  before  felt,  pervaded  his 
soul  at  the  idea  of  bring  BO  beloved;  vainly  did  prudence  whisper,  that 
Malviua  might  be  deluding  hereelf  with  false  hopes;  tlie  eugge»tions 
of  love  triumphed  over  every  consideration,  and  ngnin  folding  the  fair 
being  he  held  in  his  arms,  to  his  heart,  he  soft  y  asked,  wonld  she  at 
all  events  unite  her  destiny  with  liis. 

Lady  Udvina,  who  firmly  believed  wbat  she  had  sold  to  him  would 
really  happen,  and  who  deemed  a  separation  from  him  the  greatest 
ntiafurinne  which  could  possibly  beliiU  her,  blushed,  and  faltering, 
yielded  a  willing  consent. 

The  means  of  accomplishing  their  wishes  occupied  their  thonghta 
Fitxalan'a  Ima^nation  was  too  fertile  not  soon  to  suggest  a  scheme, 
which  had  a  probability  of  sncoees;  be  resolved  to  intmst  the  cliap' 
loiu  of  the  regiment  with  the  affair,  and  request  bis  attendance  tba 
eawiing  night  in  the  chapel  of  the  Abbey,  where  Lady  Malvlna  pro-^ 


....^.-.-  uL  jcnptii  rcniin<lo(l  tliom 
niir:  Fitznlaii  t'onducted  Malvinu  to  the  Abbf'V 
tiiv-'i].  each  iiivolvtMl  in  a  tmniilt  ot'  hope-',  loai*s, 
L'  iK'xt  iiioriiinj  Lady  Malvina  brought  her  worl 
iiig-room ;  at  last  fitzalan  entered :  he  was  atta> 
is  long  absence,  which  he  ezoosed  by  pleading  i 
After  trifling  some  time  with  her,  he  preraiied 
L  to  the  harpsiohord;  and  than  gjUmdng  at  MalTi 
romiaed  aignaL 

r  oonadons  eyea  were  instantly  bent  to  the  gn 
was  suddenly  aacceeded  by  a  deadly  paleaesa; 
her  bosom ;  and  her  agitation  mnst  have  excited  > 
en  perceived;  bnt  Fltsalan  purposely  bent  over  . 
gave  her  an  opportunity  of  retiring  unnoticed  ft\ 
on  as  she  had  regained  a  little  compoeure^  she  eal 
!ter  receiving  many  promises  of  seorecy,  unfolded  to 
It  was  long  past  midnight  hour  ere  MaMna  t 
ing  to  the  dhapd ;  when  she  at  last  rose  for  that 
'ed  universally;  a  kind  of  horror  chilled  her  hei 
*  she  was  about  doing  wrong,  and  hesitated;  1 
td  on  the  noble  generosity  of  Fitzalan,  and  that  si 
tated  him  to  the  measure  they  were  about  taktaj 
a  over ;  and  leaning  on  her  maid,  she  stole  thrai 
eries,  and  lightly  descending  the  stairs,  enteied 
terminated  in  a  dark  arched  pasfvum  *^^-^ 


Tlie  lljbt  which  the  m&id  beld  produced  deep  thadEiwB  that  hetglit- 
l  Aed  the  solmnnltir  of  the  {dace. 

"  Tbej  are  not  here,"  scud  Uolvino,  eneting  her  fearful  eyes  nronnd. 
I  She  went  lo  t)ie  door  which  opened  into  the  llitck  wood;  but  here 

f  only  heard  the  breeze  mstling  amongst  the  trees;  fhe  tamed 
I  tnm  it,  and  sinking  opon  the  Bteps  of  the  altar,  gave  way  to  an 
I Hgnnj  of  tears  and  lamuntAtiona.  A  low  mnrmnf  reached  her  ear; 
I  Ae  st&rt^d  Dp ;  the  chapel  door  was  gentlj  pnshcd  open,  and  Iltzalan 
mtered  witli  the  chaplain ;  they  bnd  been  watching  in  the  wood  for 
I  tte  pppearanoo  of  light.    Malvina  was  supported  to  the  altar,  and  a 

tr  minates  made  her  the  wife  of  Fitzalan. 

She  had  not  conrage,  till  within  a  day  or  two  previoua  to  the 

■  nglment'a  departore  from  Scotland,  to  acquaint  the  earl  with  her 
'   marriage;    the   connteaa   already  knew   it,   through   the   means   of 

Halvina's  woman,  who  waa  a  creatore  of  her  own.    Lady  Dunreath 

exulted  at  the  prospect  of  MalTlna'a  min;   it  at  once  gratified  the 

malevolence  of  her  gonl,  and  the  avaricioas  deures  she  had  of 

^increasing  her  own  danghler's  fortune:  °he  had,  hesidea,  another 

KTMson  to  rejoice  at  it:  thia  woa,  the  attachment  Lady  AngQsta  had 

■  liMTnod  for  Fitzalan,  which,  her  mother  feared,  would  have  preci- 
Bfiltated  her  into  a  et«p  as  imprndcnt  as  her  siHtcr'H,  had  she  not  been 
■iafore  with  her. 

m  This  fear  the  impetnons  passion  of  Lady  Angn.<ita  natnrally  excited, 
vflhe  really  loved  Fitzalan :  a  degree  of  ttantio  rage  possessed  her  tt 
■Ml  marriAge;  she  cnrsed  her  sister  in  the  bitterness  of  her  heart, 
hM  joined  with  Lady  Dnnreatb  in  worlung  up  the  earl's  natnrally 
■^rtere  and  violent  passion  into  sach  a  paroiysm  of  tViry  and  resent- 
UMnt,  that  he  at  last  solemnly  refused  forgiveness  to  Malvina,  and  bid 
MttB  sever  more  appear  in  his  presence. 

B-  She  now  began  to  tread  tlie  thorny  path  of  life;  and  thocgh  ber 
Bplde  was  tender  and  atfectionate,  nothing  could  allay  her  -anguish 
Hbv  IiKving  Involved  htm  in  difflcultiea,  which  his  noUe  spirit  could 
■1  brook  or  strnggle  agunst  The  first  year  of  their  nnion  she  had  s 
Bpw,  who  was  called  alter  her  father,  O^icar  Dunreath :  the  four  yearr 
i-  lh*t  mraevded  his  birth  were  passed  in  wretchedness  that  baffles 
I  dtaeriptinn.  At  the  tipimtion  of  this  period  their  debts  were  m 
l-|MrMeed,  Fitzalan  was  compKllsd  to  sell.ont  on  half-pay.  Ladf 
BJttJrIna  now  expected  an  additiDO  to  her  family;  her  situslioo,  (he 


t4  CHILDRBS      OF      IHE      ABBET.  • 

bop«d,  wouM  move  her  fother's  heart,  and  slie  rcsdlved  to  cawy 
ovory  tiling  wliich  aSbnied  the  Bmalleat  prospect  of  obtaining  comfort 
for  her  husband  aotl  bis  babes:  therefore  lUie  proTailed  on  him  to 
carry  her  to  Scotland, 

They  lodged  at  a  peasant's  in  the  neighbonrhood  of  the  Abbey;  ha 
informed  them  that  the  earl's  infimiities  were  inorcasing,  and  lha.t 
lady  Danreath  had  jnst  celebrated  her  danghter'a  marriage  with  the 
marquie  of  Roeellue.  This  nobleman  had  passionately  admired  Lady 
Malvina:  an  admiration  the  countess  always  wiaheJ  to  tmnsfar  to 
her  daughter.  On  the  marriage  of  Malvina  he  went  abroad:  hi* 
passion  was  conquered  ere  he  returned  to  Scotland ;  and  he  disdained 
not  the  OTurtures  made  for  Lis  alliance  from  the  Ahbey.  His 
favourite  propenFities,  pride  and  avarice,  were  gratified  by  thi)  earl 
of  Dunrealh's  sole  heiress. 

The  day  after  her  arrival  Ladj  Malvina  sent  little  Oscar,  with  tho 
old  peasant,  to  the  Abbey:  Oscar  was  a  perfect  cbemb. 


.!  H  1 1  n  K  K  s     u  r    1  H  1.    .  B  B  I  r .  25 

jtn  to  met"  uiid  tlio  earl.  "Because  sbe  said,"  ericd  0«c&r,  "IhM 
jva  are  my  grandpapa — and  she  bids  me  love  jou,  and  teacbcs  lue 
BTery  dny  to  pray  for  you."  "'neaTen  bleeeyon,  my  lovoly  prattler," 
excluuied  Che  earl,  with  sudden  enj^tiou,  paitiug  his  bead  aa  be  spoke. 
At  this  moraeDt  Lady  Dunreatb  niahed  into  tbe  apartmeTit;  one  of  her 
favoarites  had  followed  Iier,  to  relate  the  scene  that  was  going 
forward  within  it,  and  she  retorced  with  aJ!  poeaible  eipeditiOD  to 
connuract  any  dsngeroos  impressions  that  m1(;bt  be  made  upon  the 
tarVs  mind.  Eage  inflamed  her  conntenanee:  the  earl  knew  the 
vloleaoe  of  her  temper;  he  was  unequal  to  contention,  and  Laatily 
motioned  for  the  peasant  to  retire  with  the  child.  The  account  of  hii 
reception  eiclted  the  most  Sattcring  hopes  in  the  bosom  of  his 
mother;  she  counted  the  tedious  boors,  in  eipeetallon  of  a  kind 
>  the  Abbey;  bat  no  snch  siunmons  came.  The  next 
g  the  child  was  sent  to  it ;  but  the  porter  refused  bim  admit- 
i,  by  the  cipress  command  of  the  earl,  he  said.  Frightened  at 
kta  rudeness,  the  child  returned  weeping  to  bis  mother,  whose  blasted 
expectations  wi-ung  her  heart  with  agony,  and  tears  and  lamontationi 
broke  from  her.  The  evening  was  far  advanced,  when  suddenly  her 
fntnrei  brightened;  "I  wil!  go,"  cried  she,  starting  ap — "1  will 
■l^n  try  to  melt  his  obduracy.  Oh  I  with  what  lowliness  should  a 
{^■Qd  bend  before  an  offended  parent.  Oh  I  with  what  fortitude,  what 
uice,  shoold  a  wife,  a  motljer,  try  to  overcome  difficulties,  which 
a  of  Laving  precipitated  Iho  object  of  her  tomicresl 

'Tht  night  was  dark  and  tempestuous :  she  would  not  snSer  Filzatan 
■  to  attend  ber,  but  she  proceeded  to  the  Abbey,  leaning  on  the  peas- 
ant's arm.  She  wonld  not  bo  repulsed  at  the  door,  but  forced  her  way 
into  (he  bail :  here  Lady  Dunreatli  met  her,  and,  with  mingled  pride 
ud  cruelty,  refused  her  access  to  her  father,  declaring  it  was  by  bj( 
_terire  she  did  bo.  "Let  me  but  see  him  for  a  moment,"  said  the 
'tly  Buppliaat,  clasping  her  white  and  emaciated  hands  together — 
'"dy  all  that  is  tender  in  humanity,  I  beseech  you  to  grant  my 
fvqueet."  "Turn  this  frantic  woman  from  tie  Abliey,"  said  tlie 
implacable  Lady  Dnnreath,  trembling  with  passion — "at  your  peril 
fuffor  her  not  to  continue  bore. — The  pence  of  year  lord  is  too  pre- 

fcdolIS  to  be  disturbed  by  licr  otcluiiiations.'' 
This  Impeririti*  ordpr  Wftii   hWnnilv  "Ipt-ved,  Iboufrb,  ii  Cordelia 
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MjB,  "  it  was  a  niglit  when  one  n'oold  Qot  h&ye  (nmed  an  enemj'i 
dog  from  the  door."  The  ruin  poured  down  in  torrents:  the  sea 
roared  with  awful  violence :  and  tlie  wind  raged  lhroii(;!i  tbe  woimI  bb 
if  it  would  tear  np  Iho  trees  b^be  roots,  Tbc  peasant  ciiiivi  tably 
Sang  hia  pkad  over  Mnlvina;  sm  moved  inecbanicolly  along;  liur 
ieoses  appeared  quite  stupefied;  Fitzalan  wat^jhatUur  Iter  at  tlw  dour; 
she  niebed  luto  bi»  eit«n<lE!d  arms,  and  fainted,  and  it  was  long  era 
■be  showed  any  symptomB  of  retnming  life.  Fitialan  wept  over  her 
in  the  aeguiab  and  dietraction  of  hia  goal;  and  scarcely  could  lie  for- 
bear eiecratiug  the  being  who  had  so  gricvonsly  afflicted  lier  geiitla 
q  Tit ;  by  degrees  she  revived,  Bud  as  she  pressed  liim  feebly  to  her 
breast,  exclaimed,  "The  fatal  stroke  is  given — 1  have  been  turned 
from  my  father's  door." 

The  cottage  Id  which  they  lodged  aSbrdcd  but  few  of  the  necessa- 
ries, and  none  of  Iho  camfurts  of  ttfe ;  «uch  at  least,  aa  they  had  been 
accustomed  to.  la  Malvina's  present  situation,  Fitzalan  dreaded  tlie 
loss  of  her  life,  shoitid  they  continue  in  their  prcseut  alKidc;  but, 
whitlier  ooiild  ho  take  bcr,  wanderer  ns  ho  was  upon  the  face  of  tlia 
earth?     At  length  the  faitliAd  Edwin  occurred  to  bis  recollection;  his 


caiLDsiK    or    IBS    a  o  s  z  y  ST 

I (vproachin); Iter bHrhnritj.    "Oh  cniell"  the  ghastly  fignre  seemed 

j'  lu  My,  "  is  il  you,  wlioni  I  foatereJ   in  my   biwoin,  ihnt  liove  June 
iloed — driven   forth   my   child,   a   fui'luru  aud   wretchod  wiui- 

Uli  Cunscieace,  how  awful  are  ttiy  terrors  I  thou  art  tlie  vice];erurit 
bof  benven,  and  anticipate  its  vengeance,  ere  the  GdiiI  hour  of  rutrilMi- 
rrivos.     Guilt  lany  be  triatiijiliant,  hut  never,   never  I'lili   l^f 
:  it  RmU  no  shield  against  iJiy  j(ting»  and  arm wa.    The  hi-ur' 
ruitest  hlevds  in  every  pore,  and  siiflia  amidst  guiuty  anil  :«[ilvii- 

Tl.e  unfortnDnte  travellers  were  welooraeil  with  the  truest  hospiial- 
If  by  by  the  graiel'ul  Edwin;  ho  hod  marrleil,  soon  utter  his  return  tri>iu 
T  Auieriofl,  a  young  girl  to  whom,  from  hii  earUest  youth,  he  was 
l-tMiaclied.  Ilis  parents  died  soon  after  hia  anion ;  the  whole  of  thifir 
1*  Utile  patrimony  devolved  to  hiu).  Suotlied  and  attended  with  the 
it  tenderness  and  respect,  Fitzalnu  hoped  I^dy  Mutvioa  n->uld 
u  bere  r^nin  her  Ijenllh  and  [leace:  he  intended  after  her  recovery,  to 
^«ndenvunr  to  lie  put  on  full  pay ;  and  trusted  he  should  prevail  on 
o  continue  nt  tlie  (arm. 
1-  At  laugth  the  hour  oame,  in  which  aha  gave  n  daughter  to  liis  arms. 
I  from  tlio  beginning  of  her  illnesa,  the  people  about  Iier  were  alirm-id ; 
J  toil  soon  woa  it  proved  tlieir  alarms  were  well  fnundud  ;  she  lived 
iMifter  tli«  birtli  of  her  infant  hut  a  few  minutes,  and  died  embracing 
[  tier  husband,  and  blessing  bis  child. 

Fitzalon's  feelings  cannot  well  be  deacribed ;  they  were  at  tirst  loo 
I  tnncli  lor  reason,  and  he  continued  some  time  in  perfect  etu|iefiiotion, 
i  When  tie  regained  Ids  sensibility,  his  grief  was  not  oulrogeons ;  it 
19  tlint  deep,  still  sorrow,  which  fastens  on  the  heart,  and  cannot 
VTent  iteelf  in  tears  or  lamentations ;  he  sat  with  calmness  by  the  bed, 
irliere  the  remaioa  of  Molvina  lay ;  he  gazed  witliont  shrinking,  on 
vlier  pale  lace,  which  death,  as  if  in  pitj  to  his  feellnifj,  had  not  disligi 
^<1ired ;  lie  kiksed  lier  cold  lips,  continually  ozcluming,  '^  Oh  I  lind  we 
r  met,  she  might  still  have  been  living."  His  language  wa* 
kissiaetkinglike  that  ofa  poet  of  her  own  country; 

Wh,  modflt.  DrliaBQn-l]pp«d  Saver, 
I  mat  ibH  Id  a  lucliku  lioor. 

Itwaa  when  he  saw  them  about  mruiiviBg  her  that  all  the  temrwEt 


SB  CIIILDKHN      OF      THE      ABBBT. 

'if  Ilis  griof  broke  forth.  Oh !  Low  impossible  to  deacrilio  the  nnpjisli 
of  the  I'oor  widower's  heart  when  he  retiimod  from  seeing  his  Mal- 
TiUB  kid  in  lier  lni<t  receptacle  I  lie  shut  himself  ap  In  tlie  rttuiu 
where  she  had  expired,  Rud  ordered  no  one  to  opproaeh  liira ;  lie 
threw  himself  npon  the  bed;  he  lud  his  cheek  upon  her  pillow,  he 
BT:i''<|>e<l  it  to  his  tiosom,  he  wetted  it  witii  tears,  because  slie  lind 
tuiMlhcd  npon  it.  Oh  how  etill,  how  drearj,  how  desolate,  did  ult 
iip|)ear  around  him  1  "  And  shall  this  desolaiioo  never  more  be 
enlivened,"  he  exclaimed,  "by  the  soft  mnsio  of  Jlalvina's  voice? 
sliidl  these  eyea  never  more  be  cheered  by  beholding  her  angello 
face?"  Exhausted  by  his  feelings,  he  snnk  into  a  slumber;  he 
dreamed  of  Mulvina,  and  thought  she  lay  beside  him ;  he  awoke  witJi 
sudden  extasy,  and,  under  I^e  strong  impression  of  the  dream,  he 
stretched  ont  liii  arms  to  enfold  her.  Alas  I  all  was  empty  void :  he 
started  up :  he  groaned  in  the  hitt«n]eas  of  his  son! :  lie  traversed  the 
room  witii  a  distracted  pace;  he  sat  him  down  in  the  little  window 
frora  whence  he  could  view  the  spire  of  the  church  (now  glistening 
in  the  moon-beams),  by  which  she  was  interred.  "  Deep,  still,  and 
profound,"  cried  he,  "  is  the  sleep  of  my  Malrina — the  voice  of  love 


II, 
■I 


F       — "  ■■■"  '■"•      " 

traried,"  he  said,  "as  the  w[|«  ot'  a  wretched  xildier,  uot  as  the 
daughter  of  a  wiioltliy  pevr." 

She  had  reqaesteil  her  inf^int  migljt  l>o  colled  utter  her  own  mother; 
.  her  reqaest  was  sacred  to  Fitznlno,  and  it  was  ba[itized  b;  the  anited 
L;||aiQe»  of  Amanda  Molviaa.  Mrs.  Edwin  was  tlicn  aursing  her  flret 
l^rl :  hnt  bLe  sent  it  out,  and  touk  the  iulont  of  Fitzaiiui  in  its  platv 
^  Id  her  boMm. 

The  'none/  which  Fit^alon  hod  procured  b;  disposing  of  bis  com- 
B.SUreiuD,  was  now  nearlj  oKliaitsled;  bat  his  miad  was  loo  enervated 
B  to  allow  birn  to  think  of  an;  project  for  future  support,  Ladj  Ual- 
B'Vitia  was  deceased  two  montlis,  when  a  nobleman  caiiio  into  the 
idghboiirhouJ,  with  whom  Filzalan  had  once  be«a  intimately 
[acquainted;  the  acquaintance  waa  now  renewed;  and  Fitzalun'a 
I  appesrance,  with  the  little  history  of  bia  misfortunes,  so  much 
affected  and  interested  hia  friend,  tliut  without  Btriicitatiim  he  pro- 
cured him  a  company  in  a  regiment,  then  stationed  in  Englnnd. 
Thus  did  Fitzalan  again  enter  inin  active  life;  but  bis  spirits  were 

Ibrofcen,  and  his  constitution  injured.  Four  jrenrs  he  continned  in  the 
ifrmy;  when  pining  to  have  hh  children  (all  tliat  now  remained  of  a 
iroman  be  adored)  undet'  hia  o^i  care,  lie  obtained,  thmutth  the 
|llt«reet  of  a  friend,  leave  to  sell  out ;  Oscar  waa  then  eight,  and 
Amanda  four ;  the  delighted  father,  aa  be  hulil  them  to  his  heart, 
vept  over  them  tears  of  mingled  pain  anil  pleasure. 
He  had  seen  in  Devonshire,  where  be  was  ijuartereJ  for  some  time, 
•  little  roniantio  aohtude,  quite  ailapted  to  Us  taste  and  finances:  he 
proposed  for  it,  and  soon  became  lis  proprietor.  Iljtber  be  carried 
Jus  children  much  against  tlie  inclinations  of  the  Edwins,  who  loved 
diem  aa  tlieir  own ;  Iwo  exaellent  achools  In  the  neigh  bo  orhood  gave 
them  the  usual  advantages  of  genteel  education ;  but  as  they  wore 
only  day  scholars,  the  improvement,  or  rather  forming  of  their 
morala,  was  the  pleasing  task  of  their  father.  To  his  assiduous  oare, 
too,  they  were  indebted  for  the  rapid  progress  tbey  made  in  their 
etodies,  and  for  the  graceful  siijiplicity  of  their  manners;  U«y 
rewarded  bia  care,  and  grew  up  as  amiable  and  lovely  as  his  fonde* 

tvinlies  could  dcaire. — As  Oscar  advanced  in  life,  his  ffitber  began  to 
Mpedencv  new  cares;  fur  he  had  not  the  power  of  putting  him  in 
He  way  of  mnliing  any  provision  for  himself.  A  military  hl'e  was 
what  Oscar  appeared  Bti»it>us  fc)r ;  !io  bod  early  conceived  n  preililec- 


tion  for  It,  from  Iieoriog  bis  fuiher  apeak  of  the  services  be  bod  seen: 
but  tbougb  he  possessetl  qnite  the  ^irit  of  a  hero,  lio  IjeJ  the  tmcsl 
tenderoess,  lliemost  engnpog  BoOneaaof  disiKJsilion;  his  temper  wua, 
[nileed,  at  Dnce,  mild,  artless,  and  afi*ectLoiiate.  He  was  about  eighteen, 
When  tlie  proprietor  of  the  estate  on  whicli  his  father  held  bis  farm, 
diod,  and  bis  heir,  a  colonel  in  the  anny,  immediately  came  donn 
from  London  to  talce  fonna]  possesEion;  he  soon  bccnmo  ac<iaaiiitad 
with  Fitzalan,  who,  in  the  course  of  conversation  one  day,  expressed 
the  anxiety  he  sufTcreil  on  his  son's  occonnt.  The  colonel  said  he  waa 
a  fine  youth,  and  it  was  a  pity  bo  was  not  provided  for :  be  left  Devon- 
shire, however,  shortly  after  this,  withont  appearing  in  the  least 
ioterested  about  bim. 

Fitzolnn's  heait  was  oppresacd  with  anxiety;  he  conid  not  piiruhasfl 
for  his  son  withont  depriving  himself  of  support.  With  tlio  noUo- 
tnan  who  bad  formerly  serrci]  him  so  essentially,  lie  liad  kept  np 
le  be  quitted  Ibe  army;  bnt  be  frequently  hcani  of 
s  told  bo  bad  bocoirie  quite  a  man  of  the  world,  which 
lientiun  of  bis  having  lost  all  feeling:  nn  application  ta 
re,  be  feared  would  be  unavailiug,  and  ho  felt  too  proad 


si 


Jiunnne  happened  to  tnrn  on  the  Dunreatli  family-,  and  hy  degree* 
**>  FilzaUn,  w)io  tvos  severely  liUitiod  and  picied  fur  Lis  coonexioD 
ir=tL  ii;  tbe  subject  was,  in  tho  opinion  of  Culonel  Belgrove,  m 
Ajirojioa,  he  could  not  forbear  describing  his  present  eitnalion  and 
infiuietode  about  his  son,  who,  bo  snid,  be  fancied  moat,  like  a  secoui 
Ciucinnaia!!,  lalte  the  plough-share  instead  of  the  sword. 

l-ord  Cherhnrj  lost  no  part  of  tliis  discourse;  tliongh  iiiiinerBed  in 
politim  and  other  intrinsic  concerns,  he  ;et  retained,  and  ivas  ready 
to  ubef,  the  dictates  of  hnmanitf,  particidarly  when  titey  did  not 
Interfere  with  his  own  interests;  be  therefore  directly  conceived  the 
desigD  of  serving  b!»  old  (riend. 

Oscar  soon  qaitted  Devonshire  B,tieT  his  appointment,  and  bronght 
a  letter  fnnu  hi)i  father  to  the  colunul,  Jn  nhicli  he  was  strongly 
recoiDiocndoil  to  his  pniteetion,  la  one  unskilled  in  the  ways  rif  men. 

And  now  all  Fitealan's  cere  devolved  upon  Amanda:  and  most 
amply  did  she  recompense  it.  To  the  iniproveniont  of  ber  geniuo, 
tho  onltivaiioD  of  her  talents,  the'  promotion  of  her  father's  Lap|^ 
neas  eeemed  her  first  incentive;  without  hiin  no  aMnuement  wai 
enjoyed,  ivithmil  liiin  no  sindy  enlered  npon;  he  iva^  lier  friend, 
gnardian,  and  |iroieetor;  and  no  hingnage  can  express,  no  heart 
(except  s  pateninl  one)  ooucElve  the  rapture  be  felt,  at  seeing  ■ 
creature  grow  under 


Some  yeora  bad  elopaed  since  Oscar'a  departure,  ere  Colonel  BeU 
■cnve  returned  Into  their  neighbourhood',  be  came  soon  nttcr  his 
anptiula  had  been  celebrated  in  Ireland,  with  a  lady  of  tliat  country, 
wliom  Oscar's  letters  described  as  possessing  every  personal  and 
mental  eliann,  which  could  please  or  captivate  the  lieart.  Colonel 
Beltrrave  oonie  nnaccoinpnnied  by  bis  fair  bride.  Fitzalnn,  who 
bell«ved  liim  bis  benefactor,  and  eonsei|nently  regarded  bim  as  ■ 
friend  (still  thinking  it  was  through  lii«  means  Lord  Cherbnrj-  litid 
nerved  him,}  immediately  waited  upon  bim,  and  invited  liim  to  hit 
Imuic.  Tlio  invitation  after  Botne  time  was  accejited;  but  had  ha 
imagined  what  an  attraction  the  house  eontained,  he  would  have  long 
hwitoled   abont   entering  it;   he  was   a  tnan,   indeed,  of  the  ino#t 


OBILDBBX     or 


deprftTed  prindplea,  and  an  otject  he  admired,  Qo  tie  or  titaaUiiD, 
hnwever  sacred,  eoutd  guard  trom  Lib  puriiuit. 

Amanda  was  too  inncli  a  cliild,  wLen  he  was  lost  in  tlie  connlry,  to 
alCid^t  liis  ob»iervatjon :  he  liod  therefore  no  idea  that  the  Llo^win  he 
Uicu  80  careleesly  overlooked  had  since  eipaudeJ  in  auch  beauty. 

How  great  was  tlien  liis  rapture  and  surprise,  when  Fitzalaa  led 
into  tlie  room  where  he  liad  received  him,  a  tall,  elegantly  formed 
sir),  whose  rosy  eheok!i  were  dimpled  with  the  iiofle3t  suiile  of  com- 
pliiccnee,  and  whose  fine  hlne  eyea  beamed  with  inodesly  and  grati- 
tude npou  him.  He  iu''t,imly  marked  her  for  hi^<  prey,  and  blessed 
Ills  tucby  stars,  nhieh  had  inspired  Filzulan  with  the  idea  of  his 
being  his  benefaetor,  since  tiiat  would  give  hiro  a  freer  access  to 
the  house  tl^an  lie  could  otherwise  have  hopeJ  for. 

From  this  lima  he  became  almost  an  inmate  of  it,  eicept  when  ha 
ehoBS  to  contrlre  tittle  parties  at  his  own,  for  Amanda :  ho  took  every 
opportunity  that  olferod,  without  observation,  to  try  to  ingratiata 
hiniaelf  into  her  favour ;  those  opportnniUes  the  nnsu^pecting  temper 
of  Fitzalan  allowed  to  he  frequent;  he  would  as  soon  have  tnisttJ 
Amanda  to  the  care  of  Belgrave,  as  to  that  of  her  brother,  and 
,  therefore,   prevented   her  walking   out  with  him,   when  ho 


88 


Sulgrare  was  prnvoked  acil  mortified:  tliu  Bnftness  of 

Iiad  tempted  bim  lo  believe  he  wsa  Dot  indJfibreDl  to  her,  ani  tliat 

die  would  prove  an  easy  cuuiucst. 

Poor  Amanda  would  not  appear  in  the  prasenco  of  her  fiitbor,  till 
le  hail  in  Kiine  degree  regained  comix isu re,  u  she  feared  tlio 
oftheftfluir  mjglit  occaaion  faUJ  oonsoquenoes : 
II,  ti  ietiei-  was  brought  Ler;  alia  could  uot  lliink 
'e  tlie  elfronler}'  to  write,  And  opeaeU  it,  supposing 
acqaainlanco  in  tlie  neighbourhood.  How  great 
finding  it  from  him!  having  tJirown 
longer  to  Bsscine  any  diignise.    Her 


I  anialleit  ii 
\  u  slie  eat  wil 
I  Belgi-ave  won! 
it  rnme  from 
I  was  the  shotlc  ehe  snstained 
I  off  tlie  mask,  be  determined 

I  paleness  an<]  confusion  fUarmed  her  father,  and  he  instantly  dera: 
I  tlie  cause  of  htr  ngilaiion ;  she  found  longer  concealment  was  impossi- 
I  Ue,  and  tlirowin^  heracif  at  her  Cither's  feet,  besought  him,  as  fihe 
I  pnt  llie  letter  into  tila  hands,  to  restrain  his  passion.  Wlien  he 
I  perused  it,  he  raided  her  up,  and  eoinnianded  her  as  she  vnlued  his 
I  love  or  happiness,  to  inform  him  of  every  particular,  relative  to  the 
1  Insult  die  hod  received ;  she  obeyed,  thougb  terrified  to  ijehold  het 
[ftllier  trembling  with  emotion.  Wlien  she  conohided,  hu  tender!} 
I  «inbrnMd  her,  nnd  blddiog  her  confine  herself  to  tlie  bouse,  i-use,  and 
I  took  down  his  lint;  it  was  easy  to  guess  whither  he  was  going;  her 
I  terror  increased,  and  in  a  voice  scarcely  articniiite,  she  besought  him 
a  risk  Ids  safety.  lie  comtnandod  her  silence  with  n  steriinei« 
Mver  before  a^umed ;  his  manner  awed  iicr ;  but  when  slie  saw  him 
leaving  tlie  room,  licr  feelings  could  no  lunger  be  controlled;  aha 
rushed  ftfter  him,  and  flinging  her  arms  round  his  neck  fainted  on  it. 
.  ia  tliifl  situation,  the  nnhappy  fiither  was  compelled  to  leave  bur  to 
L  tlie  core  of  a  moid,  lest  her  ]iathot!c  remonstrances  sitoald  delay  tlte 
I  Teng«anoe  lie  rc«olved  to  take  on  a  wretch,  who  had  meditated  a 
(I  of  Boch  atrocity  against  his  pcsoo.  Bat  Belgrave  was  not  to  be 
I  (band.  Scarcely,  however,  had  Fitzalon  retarncl  to  his  hulf-dist meted 
L  dau^itcr,  ere  a  letter  was  brought  him  from  the  wretch,  in  which  he 
I  made  the  most  degrading  proposals,  and  biil  Fitadaa  beware-  bow  ha 
L  answered    them,  as  his  situation  had  put  hlin  entirely  Into  Lis 

TMb  was  a  fatal  irulb ;  Fitzalan  had  been  tempted  to  moke  a  large 
)  bi^  farm,  from  nn  idea  of  Uirnliig  the  little  money  ha  . 
o  advAntoge.  but  was  more  ignorant  of  ogri culture  tlian  bo 


3( 


1111%  .cil;  mid  iLia  ignomnce,  joined  to  liis  own  iti&.'gi'it;  of  heart, 
remk-rmg  liiin  the  dujio  of  BOTiie  designing  wrutclica  in  liis  neigliliour- 
liood,  his  whole  Htock  dtvinilied  a.vay  in  unprotiuible  eijierimetita 
and  he  was  nuw  considembly  in  arrears  with  BelgrOiVe. 

The  ungeneroua  8dvniit4igi)  bo  strove  to  talie  of  liis  aitaation, 
incr?ii$e(I,  if  possiL>1o,  hia  indignation;  and  again  iie  songht  hlio,  bat 
si  ill  without  success. 

Ittlgrave  soon  foand  no  temptation  of  jirosperity  would  prevail  on 
llie  fatlier  or  dauglitcr  to  accede  to  his  wisiios;  he  therefore  resolvea 
til  try  wlieiher  the  pressnre  of  adversity  weald  render  tliem  mora 
complying,  and  left  the  country,  liaTing  first  ordered  his  steward  to 
proceed  directly  against  Fitialnc. 

Tbo  conseqnencii  of  his  order  wn£  on  immedislA  execQtion  on  his 
etTecta:  and,  hut  for  the  assistance  of  a  good-natnred  fiirnaer,  he 
wonld  have  been  arrested.  ISy  tliis  uicana,  ani  under  favour  of 
night,  !ie  and  Amanda  set  out  for  London ;  they  arrived  there  in  safety, 
and  retired  to  obscure  lodgings.  In  tliis  honr  of  distress,  Fitudan 
conquered  all  talse  pride,  and  wrote  to  Lord  Cberbnry,  entreating 
him  to  procure  some  einjiloyuiuot  which  would  relievo  his  present 


I 


t 


CniLUBI;.v     or     TUK     ABUKV.  30 

q>P«hrBnce,  pecoliarlj  &dapled  fur  etuilj  and  contempUtiou; 
around  was  aulitude  aud  ailence,  save  the  boH  rnstliiig  of  the  treea, 
whose  dark  fuUai,'B  caot  a  boIcihd  shadu  npon  tho  windows.  OpposiW 
the  entrance  was  another  foldiug  door,  which  being  a  little  upened, 
Amanda  coald  not  re&ist  tlie  dedre  she  felt,  of  aeeing  wlint  was 
beyond  it:  she  eatered  a  large  vaulted  apartnieat,  whoso  airj  light- 
ness formed  a  pleasing  ooatraat  with  the  gloomy  one  she  had  left: 
llie  tnaaner  in  which  it  was  fitted  op,  sjid  the  musical  iustrumeuta 
declared  ibis  to  be  a  musio-room.  It  was  hang  with  pnle  green 
damaak,  sjxitled  with  silver  and  bordered  with  festoons  of  roses, 
intermingled  with  light  silver  sprays ;  the  seats  corresponding  to  the 
fasQ^ngs;  the  tables  were  of  fioe  inlaid  wood;  and  eaperb  lustres 
were  anpended  from  the  ceiling,  which  represented,  in  a  ninsterly 
a^Ie,  scenes  from  some  of  the  pastoral  poets ;  the  orchestra,  abont 
the  centre  of  the  room,  was  enclosed  with  a  light  balnstrading  of 
white  marble  elevated  by  a  few  steps. 

The  windows  of  this  room  cominondiug  a  pleasant  prospect  of  « 
deep  romantio  dale;  the  liills,  through  which  it  wound,  displaying  a 
beantifiil  diversity  of  woody  scenery,  interspered  with  green  pasti 
and  barren  points  of  rocks :  a  fine  liUI  of  water  fell  IVom  one  of  Uia 
highest  of  the  hills,  which,  broken  by  intervening  roots  and  branches 
of  trees,  nm  a  hundred  diifereut  ways,  Hparktiiig  in  the  sunbeams  u 
they  emerged  from  the  shade. 

Amanda  stood  long  at  the  window  enjoying  ttiis  delightful  prospect, 
and  admiring  the  taste  wtiicli  bad  cliosen  this  room  for  amusemeut; 
tbns  at  once  gratifying  the  eye  and  ear.  On  looking  over  the  insi 
ments,  she  saw  a  piano  forte  unlocked;  she  gently  raised  the  lid  and 
touching  the  keys,  found  them  in  tolerable  order.  Amanda  adored 
mosio ,  her  genius  for  it  was  great,  and  had  received  every  advan> 
t«ge  her  Hither  could  possibly  give  it :  in  cultivating  it  he  hnd  laid  op  . 
a  Aind  of  delight  for  himself,  for  "  his  soul  was  B  stream,  that  flowed 
■t  pleasant  sounds." 

Amanda  could  not  resist  the  prmont  opportunity  of  grtitiljing  her  ^ 
bvonrite  inclination.  "  Harmony  and  I,"  criod  slie,  "  have  loni;  beea 
■trangers  to  each  other."  Bhe  sat  down  and  played  a  lender  littlt. 
ur :  those  ber  father  loved  rocnrred  to  recollection,  and  alie  played  t^ 
few  of  them  with  even  more  than  usual  elegance.  "  Ah  dear  aiid 
volned  oliject,"  she  mmimfulK  fiirbpd.   "why  an  von  not  hen 


dhare  my  pleflsiirel"    She  wiped  away  a  atartiaj?  t 
reiuembrance,  and  began  a  simple  air. 


Tow  melta  bcfor*  th  j  • 


Add  Ilnj  csch  ftUiag  tear. 

Amoniln  saw  a  nnmbcr  of  rauaic  books  lying  about;  hbe  exumiBcd 
a  few,  and  fonnd  Ihey  conlainpd  coinpositions  of  pome  of  tlio  most 
eminent  mnaters.    They  tempted  her  tii  continue  a  lillie  longer  at  the 


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CHAPTER  IV. 


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Amanda  went  svery  morning  to  the  llftH,  where  slie  nUernalely 
I  pla<red  anil  read ;  in  the  evening  lilie  agnin  returned  to  il ;  but  instead 
Of  stajiug  in  tlie  librarj-,  general]  j  took  a  book  from  thence^  and  read 
M  Itie  foot  of  aome  old  mosa-covercd  tree,  delighted  to  hear  its 
brancbea  gently  roatliiig  overhead,  and  myriads  of  snmnier  flies 
bamng  in  the  ennny  ray,  from  wbicb  she  was  sheltered.  Wlien  she 
could  no  longer  see  to  read,  she  deported  her  book  in  the  pkce  alio 
had  taken  it  from,  and  rambled  to  the  deepest  recesses  of  the  grove ; 
this  was  the  time  she  loved  to  saunter  I'Arelessly  along,  while  all  tlie 
jarring  passions  that  obtmding  core  eidted,  were  hnshed  to  peaoo 
by  the  solemnity  and  silence  of  the  hour,  and  the  soul  felt  at  ouoa 
I  composed  and  elevated;  thie  was  the  time  she  loved  to  think  on  days 
departed,  and  sketch  those  scenes  of  fuliclty,  wbicli,  she  trusied,  tlie 
days  to  come  wonld  realize. — Sometimes  she  gave  way  to  all  the 
enthnsiasu  of  a  young  and  romantic  fancy,  and  pictured  to  bcrBelf 
the  time,  when  the  shades  she  wanderad  beneath,  were 


Ber  health  gradnally  grew  better  as  the  tranqnillity  of  her  mind 
increased;  a  funt  blush  again  began  to  tinge  her  check,  and  her 
lovely  eyes  beamed  a  placid  Instre,  through  their  long  silken  laslie«. 

Sli«  retnmcd  one  evening  from  her  u^naJ  ramble  with  one  of  those 

tnnttccountable  depressions  on  her  spirita,  to  whioh,  to  a  greater  or 
Ie«er  degree,  a!ino*t  every  one  is  atib.ject.  When  (ihe  relirwl  !<■  bed, 
ler  sleeping  thoughts  todk  tlio  tincture  of  liw  waking  ones,  and 
Imaget  of  the  mort  affectiaft  n.itnrc   anwe  in  'it  mini) ;  *!io  wonl 


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tlirongh  tbe  whole  story  of  her  motlier's  sufferings,  and  suddenly 
ilreanit  she  bolidJ  Lor  ei[iiriQg  under  the  greatest  turture";  aud  Uiat 
while  she  v;e[<t  lier  l'aU>,  tlje  duiiUd  opened,  and  discovered  lier 
ndurned  with  Berai)hio  beauty,  bemliiig  wiih  a  benignant  luok 
toivarda  her  child,  aa  if  to  assure  tier  of  her  present  hapiiimwi. 
From  this  dreoin  Amanda  was  roused,  by  tlie  sufYest,  sweetest  sirwns 
of  luusio  she  hud  ever  heard;  efae  started  witli  aniazeiuent;  siie 
opened  her  cyeii,  aod  saw  a  light  around  her,  far  eioeeding  that  of 
tiviiigbt.  Her  dream  had  made  a  deep  ini]ires<iiun  on  her,  and  A 
Bolemn  awe  diffused  itself  over  her  mind;  she  trembled  universally; 
but  soon  did  the  emotion  of  awe  ^ve  way  to  that  of  iur|irise,  when 
itiie  heard  on  tlie  outside  of  the  window  the  following  liaes  from 
Cowley,  sung  in  a  iiiaiily  and  exquisitely  melodious  luioe,  the  uiciiie 
whioli  woke  her  buiug  uu!y  a  sympljony  to  them. 


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Ere  the  volue  ceased,  Amsndn  hnil  qnile  shaken  off  ihe  effect?  cf 
lier  dream ;  and,  when  ell  agnin  n-as  siknt,  she  drew  tiuck  ths 
tain,  and  saw  it  was  the  iui>i>n,  then  at  1^;!!,  wlibli,  heaming 
oiigli  tlie  cahco  window  uartaiiu,  cast  such  a  li^ht  around  her, 
Tlie  remainder  ot  tlie  night  was  passed  in  raiuinnling  on  this  strange 
iiieiOent;  it  was  evident  the  serenade  was  addressed  to  her;  bnt  she 
not  seen  any  one  since  her  arrival  <n  tlie  ncighlitmrliooJ,  fTOin 
wliom  ahe  could  have  eipected  snch  a  coiiiiilltneot,  or,  indeed, 
beUered  capable  of  paying  it;  that  tlje  persun  who  paid  it  waa  one 
lo  mean  aecoraiilishments,  from  liia  perfuruiance  she  could  not 
doubt.  She  resolved  to  conceal  the  incident,  but  to  make  snch 
inquiries  ttie  iioit  morning  as  might  possibly  lead  to  a  ilisoorery. 
From  the  aniwer  those  inquiries  received,  ilie  clergyman  was  the 
only  person  whom,  with  any  degree  of  proliubility,  she  conid  fix  on; 
■lie  had  never  seen  him,  and  was  at  a  loss  to  conceive  liow  he  knew 
anycliing  of  her,  till  it  occurred  lie  might  have  seen  her  going  to 
Tudor  Hal],  or  rambling  about  it. 

From  Uic  moment  this  idea  arose,  Amanda  deemed  it  impmdcnt  to 
go  to  the  Hall;  yet  so  great  was  tlie  pleasure  slie  eiperienced  tliere, 
■lie  could  not  think  of  relinqniiihiiig  it  without  the  greatest  rchie- 
lance.  She  at  last  considered,  if  she  lind  o  companion,  it  wuidd 
remove  any  appearance  of  impropriety :  Elltn  wiu  generally  employed 
at  knitting;  Amanda  therefore  saw  that  going  to  the  Hall  could 
iDIerfere  with  her  employment,  and  accordingly  asked  her 
attendance  thitlier,  whidi  the  other  joyfully  agreed  to. — "Wliiie  yon 
loiik  over  the  books,"  siud  Elteii,  as  tliey  entered  tlie  libraiT,  "I  will 
just  step  awny  about  a  little  business."  "I  beg  you  may  not  be  long 
absent,"  cried  Amanda.  Ellen  assured  her  she  would  not,  nnd  Hew 
off  directly.  She  had,  in  troth,  seen  in  an  enclosure  near  the  l!n!l, 
Tim  Chip,  the  carpenter,  at  work,  who  was  ilie  mral  Adonis  ofihesa 
Bliade«;  he  had  long  selected  Ellen  for  the  fair  nympli  of  his  afleo- 
;  which  distinction  excited  nut  a  little  jealousy  among  tho 
village  girl",  and  considerably  incrca'^d  the  vanity  of  Ellen,  who 
t-iuiiiphed  in  a  conquest  that  at  once  gratilied  her  love,  and  einlled 
Iier  aliDVe  her  companions. 

Amanda  entered  the  musio  room;  the  melodions  strains  she  had 
Lean]  the  preceding  night  dwelt  upon  her  memory,  and  she  sat 
down  to  the  piano,  and  Btlempt«d  them ;  her  ear  soon  informed  h« 


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l!mt  the  altempt  was  sncceesibl ;  and  lier^roico  (as  the  words  were 
fHiiiUiar  to  her)  tlien  sccompanied  tlie  instrument.  "Heavooly 
eoundsl"  eiolaimed  Bome  one  behind  her,  as  she  concluded  ginging, 
Ariiftiida  started  in  terror  and  confusion  from  the  clioir,  and  beheld  & 
tidl  and  elegnnt  joung  man  standing  bj  it.  "Good  heavt-n!"  cried 
she,  bUbiliing,  and  haalll)'  moving  to  Uie  door,  Bcarcel;  knowing  wlint 
^tie  s.iid,  "witere  can  Elleibbei'  "And  do  yon  tliitik,"  nnld  the 
birun^'fr,  springing  fonvard,  and  intercepting  her  passage,  "I  Blinlllet 
you  escape  in  thia  manner!  No,  really,  my  chnriiiing  prl,  I  slionld 
be  tlie  most  insensible  of  boiiig^  if  I  did  not  avail  myself  of  tba 
happy  opportunity  chance  afforded,  of  entreating  leave  to  be  intro- 
duced U)  you."  As  he  spoke,  he  gently  seized  her  hand,  and  cnrriod 
it  to  bia  lips.  "  Be  assured  sir,"  said  Amanda,  "  the  olmnce  as  you 
[■all  it,  whjcli  brouglit  ns  together,  is  to  mo  most  unpleasant,  as  I  fear 
it  has  expo^d  me  to  greater  fn^edom  than  I  have  been  accustomed 

"And  is  it  possible,"  «»'d  be,  "  yon  really  fael  an  emotion  of  angerl 
Well,  I  win  relinqnish  my  lovely  captive,  if  she  condescendingly  pro- 
e  here  a  few  minutes  longer,  and  grants  me  permis- 


cfULtiiEtK    or   ivK    Aoasv.  iS 

e  liM  made  yoyll,"  he  Boid,  "  and  'tis  your  l.nsta  to  avoM 

I   me  bis  ivcuvtii'iiod  tliis  di«urder.     Could  yon  look  into  i)iy  lienrr,  yoa 

foulJ  llieti  find  tliere  was  no  reason  to  fly  from  ine;  tlie  emDlimis 

.   that  lovely  (ace  excil«s  in  a  Huul  of  sensibility,  oould  never  be  iiiimi- 

»!  Ill  your  dttlety." 

At  t!ii»  luoiiient  Ainandn  perceived  Ellen  leaping  over  n  stile;  she 

mA  Hi  last  l^ft  Mr.  Chip,  Rfter  pri)mi»in^-to  meet  Liin  in  tlie  eveiiiiie 

I  at  the  Gotia;^  where  the  blind  haritur  wna  to  attend  to  give  them  m 

n  forward,  but  on  seeing  the  stmnger  started  bftcl;  in 

I  the  utmost  BinAxoment.    "Blews  rae,"  Haid  Amanda,  "I  thought  Ton 

would  never  corao." 

"Von  gn  then,"  said  tlie  stranger,  "and  give  me  no  hope  of  t 
■econd  iuterview.  Oh  say,"  tnkitiK  her  hand,  "  will  you  not  allow 
me  to  wait  npon  you)"  "  It  is  ntterly  impossible,"  rc|>lied  Amanda, 
"and  I  shall  be  quite  dislressed,  if  longer  detained." 

*'8e«  then,"  eud  he,  oponitig  n  gate  wiiich  led  from  tlie  grove  into 
the  road,  "  how  like  a  courteous  ktilght  I  release  you  from  parnfiil  cnp- 
tiHty.  But  tliink  not,  thon  beautiful  though  cruel  fair  i 
tJQUed  gajly,  "I  ehall  resign  my  hopes  of  yet  cuDi)aenng  thy  obdn- 
[  racy." 
^u>Ob  Lord  1"  cried  Ellen,  as  they  quitted  the  grove,  "  how  did  yon 
VLOrd    Mortimer?"      "Lord    Mortimer)"    repeated 

sel^  indeed,"  said  Ellen,  "  and  I  think  in  all  my  porn  days 
ir  more  surprised,  than  wiien  I  saw  him  with  yon,  looking 
•o  H>ft  and  so  sweet  upon  you ;  to  be  sure  he  i;*  a  beautiful  man ;  and 
besides  that,  the  young  lort  of  Tudor  Hall,"  Amanda's  spirits  were 
greatly  flurried,  when  she  heard  he  was  tlie  master  of  the  mansion, 
where  ho  liad  found  her  Bested  with  ns  much  coni|)Osure  as  if  pos- 

As  they  were  entering  the  cottage,  Ellen,  twitching  Amanda's 

IdMve  cried  "  Look,  look."  Amanda,  bastlly  turning  round,  perceived 
Lord  Mortimer,  who  had  slowly  fbllowed  them  half  way  down  the 
Une;  on  being  observed,  he  Hiniled,  and,  kissing  his  hand,  retired. 
Nurse  was  quite  delighted  at  her  child  being  seen  by  Lord  Morti- 
mer (which  Ellen  inlbnued  her  of:]  her  beauty,  she  was  convinei'd. 
bail  exrited  hia  warmest  admiration;  and  aihuiraliun  miglit  lead  (she 
did  not  doubt)  to  something  more  important.  Amauda's  heart  flut- 
ttfod  with  an  agreeable  sensation,  as  Ellen  described  to  her  mothef 


4S  OHILDBIX     OF     TBI     AJXSr. 

tlie  tender  looks  nith  which  Lord  Uortiraer  regnrtlcd  her.  Slie  wu 
al  tirst  inclined  lu  believe  tiiat  in  liia  k^Idlilp  alie  liad  found  Uib 
[tcrson,  whose  iiieludy  so  sgreeablj  dislurlied  lier  sinruiierd;  Uiit  A 
miriute'H  reflection  convinced  her  this  belief  iiiust  he  ernmcoio;  it 
WHS  evideut  (fur  she  would  liave  liCiard  il)  tliat  Lord  Uurtiiiivr  luul 
onl]  arrived  tliut  day  at  Tudor  Hull ;  and  even  bad  he  seen  her  bel'urc. 
uix^n  con^iileratioQ  she  thonghC  it  improbable  that  lie^sliuuld  liuvv 
taken  tlie  trouble  of  coining  in  such  a  manner  to  a  ]iei«on  in  s  slat  ion, 
to  lUl  appcarazK^e,  so  infinitely  beneath  bis  own.  Yes,  it  was  plain, 
clioiice  alone  had  letl  liini  to  the  ajiartinent  where  she  BUt;  and  the 
comniim-jiiace  gallantry  fasiiionable  men  are  accostonied  to,  hud 
dictated  the  language  he  addressed  to  her.  She  half  sighed,  as  site 
settled  the  mutter  thus  in  Iier  mint],  aud  again  Qxed  on  the  curate  as 
tlie  serenador.  Well,  she  was  delcriuiued,  if  e\er  he  coine  in  lior 
way,  and  dropped  a  hint  of  on  attach'jieiit,  she  would  iminedintel;' 
crash  any  Uo|te«  lie  might  liAve  the  va':Uty  to  entertain. 


l»f  tbej  wont,  AmBinln  rambleil  to  the  village ;  and  ieeiiag  hersdl 
Itiguod,  lurued  into  tlie  obiircli-;ard  to  rest  u|K>n  one  uf  tlie  I'ai^d 

Tho  grnves  were  omainented  with  gariimds  of  cat  paper,  inter- 
woven with  flowers;  tribntas  of  love  from  the  village  nutids  to  tlie 
mor?  of  dieir  departed  f]-ien<!s. 
As  Anianda  rested  herself,  ehe  twined  a  garland  of  the  wild  flowcTS 
krtie  had  gathered  with  Bol^ej,  and  bung  it  over  the  grave  of  Ladj 
alviua ;  her  fine  eyes  raised  to  bcaveD,  oa  If  invoking  at  the  moment 
iC  npirit  of  her  motlier  to  regard  the  vernal  offering  of  her  cliild ; 
bila  ber  white  bands  were  folded  on  ber  heart,  tmd  she  sofUj 
Kclaimed,  "  Alasl  is  tide  the  only  tribnte  loft  for  me  to  pay!" 
A  low  mnrmar,  as  if  from  voices  near,  Bturllod  her  at  the  inslAOt; 
e  turned  with  qnickiies?,  and  saw  Lord  Mortimer,  with  a  young 
l^rgviuan,  half  bid  by  some  trees,  attentively  obi^erving  ber.     liliiAb- 
;  and  confnsed,  she  drew  her  hat  over  ber  fooe,  and,  cntcbicg 
I*  BetKcy's  hand,  hastened  to  the  cottage. 

Lord  Mortiuier  bad  wondered  about  the  skirta  of  tlie  cottage,  in 

.  liopcs  of  meeting  her  in  the  evening:  on  seeing  the  direction  she 

had  token  from  it,  be  followed  her  ;  and  jost  as  she  entered  the 

church-yard,  Doexpectedly  met   the  carato.     His  company,  at  a 

noment  so  propitloua  for  Joining  Amanda,  he  could  well  have  dia- 

[^pensed  with :  for  ho  was  more  anxious  tliao.  be  cbuse  to  acknowledge 

Hd  himself  to  become  acquainted  with  ber. 

B  Lord  Mortimer  was  now  in  the  glowing  prime  of  life :  bis  pci-son 
^  was  strikingly  elegant,  and  his  manners  insinuatingly  pleasing ; 
MilQcing  sweetness  dwelt  in  his  smile,  and,  as  be  pleased,  bis  expres- 
■ire  eyes  could  sparkle  with  intelligence,  or  beam  with  sensibility, 
tad  to  tlie  eloquence  of  his  language,  the  harmony  of  bia  voice 
imparted  a  charm,  lliat  seldom  failed  of  being  irresistible ;  hut  sonl 
was  naturally  the  scat  of  every  virtue;  but  an  derated  rank,  and 
■plendid  fortune  had  placed  him  in  a  sitnation  somewhat  inimical  to 
tbelr  interoatit,  fur  lie  liad  not  always  strength  to  resist  tljo  strong 
teinplolious  nhicli  suriitunded  him ;  but  though  he  sometimes  wan- 
dwed  fr«in  the  buuudories  of  virtue,  he  had  never  yet  entered  upon 
tli«  confines  of  vice,  never  really  in,]  ired  innocence,  or  done  a  deed 
which  would  wound  tbe  boacm  of  a  friend :  his  heart  was  olive  (o 
•Tvj  noble  propeiuity  of  natare;  compaMion  was  ooe  of  its  strongest 


ftling;,  And  never  did  bia  l.^od  refniie  obedience  to  tbe  generom 
jl^e.  Among  tiie  vnrionj  flccoii]|i11slimeDU  le  posaeMed,  was  an 
lisite  ta&te  for  music,  wliioii  wilb  every  otLer  talent,  bad  beeo 
vated  lo  t!ie  liigbesl  degree  of  possible  perfectiun ;  hifl  npeoding 
y  jenra  alroad,  bad  given  Lira  every  requiBite  advantage  for 
'oving  it.  Tbe  mh,  melodioaa  voice  of  Amanda,  woald,  of  itself, 
)6t  bave  m»de  a  conquest  of  Ids  heart;  bat,  aided  by  tbe  cliarma 
er  face  and  penson,  was  allogeiher  irrosislible. 
a  had  come  into  IValea,  on  pui'pose  to  pay  a  visit  to  an  old 
id  in  the  Isle  of  Anglesea:  he  did  not  mean  lo  stop  at  Tndor- 
;  but  witliin  a  few  miles  of  it,  the  phaetfln  in  which  ho  travelled 
n  tlie  fineness  of  tbe  weather)  was  overturned,  and  be  severely 
.  He  procured  a  hired  carriage,  and  proceeded  to  tbe  HnJl,  to 
it  himself  into  tlic  bands  of  the  good  old  honaekeeper,  Mrs.  Aberg- 
lUy;  who,  posseting  as  great  a  stock  of  medical  knowledge  as 
r  Bountifiil  herself^  he  believed  would  cure  bis  broisca  with 
I  nincb,  or  rather  niore  oipodilion,  than  any  oountry  surgeon 
He  gave  strict  oi^lura,  that  hia  being  at  the  Hall  should 
id,  as  be  did  not  choose  the  few  days,  he  hoped  and 


■  CHItOtiBKOFTUEADDur.  49 

^pruM  liiiu  jeU*  of  Ilis  rectiver;  to  gratify  it,  b,y  taking  a  Into  anil 
MMreuBding  bis  lovelj  cottage  girl,  lie  oould  no  lunger  riisliain  tua 
Hlmpatieaco  to  be  knuwn  to  ber^  anO  Ibo  next  day,  lilenling  from  bid 
■Mttreoieat,  snrpria«d  her,  u  alreadj  reluted. 

I  Ai!!  be  oould  not,  without  an  utter  rioktioo  of  gond  manners,  shake 
Witt  Howell,  he  contented  himself  with  tallowing  Amanda  into  the 
nfaDrcfa-yonl,  where,  etuided  b;  the  trees,  be  and  bis  eoinpunitm  alond 
HVatcbing  her  imnoUced,  till  an  involuntary  esclnmiiiiou  of  rtijiUire 
Wftom  bis  lordabip  discovered  their  eitoation.  TFticn  she  depkrteil,  lie 
■tfaad  llie  inscription  on  the  tomb-atoDe;  but,  from  the  difference  of 
Hbame«,  this  gave  no  insight  into  any  coanexion  botweeii  her  and  the 
■person  it  mentioned :  Uowell  could  give  no  infonnation  of  either :  he 
BiraB  bnt  a  young  man,  lat«ly  a|>i>ointed  to  the  parsuno^o,  niid  bud 
l|Mever  seen  Amanda  till  that  evening. 

I.  Lord  Uortiner  was  solicitous,  even  to  ■  degree  of  anxiety,  to  leora 
mtbo  real  situation  of  Amanda:  as  Howell,  in  his  pastoral  function, 
■^•d  free  aeceae  to  the  houses  of  his  parishioners,  it  oceuvred  to  Urn, 
bbat  be  would  be  an  excellent  peraon  lo  discover  it;  ho  therefore,  as 
bf  from  curiosity  alone,  expressed  bis  wish  of  knowiog  who  she  ww), 
Kad  requested  Uowell,  if  convenient,  to  follow  her  directly  to  Edwin's 
H6ott«(,'e,  (where,  he  sud,  by  chance  be  heard  she  lodgeil,)  aitJ  endeav- 
Wkmr  to  find  out  from  the  giKid  people  erery  thing  about  Iter.  This 
mequest  IlnweU  readily  oompliecl  with ;  the  fute,  tlie  Bgnre,  the 
■toeluicboly,  andabove  all  the  employment  of  Amanda,  had  interested 
Bail  MDsibility,  and  excited  bis  cnrio«ty. 

Wt  He  Arrived  soon  atter  ber  at  the  cottage,  and  found  her  laughing  ot 
Mber  mine,  who  was  telling  her,  she  was  certain  she  thonld  see  bi-r  n 
Bp«al  laty.  Amanda  rose  to  retire  at  bis  entrance;  but  he,  perceiving 
Hbei  intention,  declared,  if  he  disturbed  her.  ho  would  immediately 
Puiart;  ibe  accordingly  reseated  herself,  seci-etly  please)  at  doing 
mn,  aa  she  thought,  either  from  some  look  or  word  of  the  curate's  she 
Bnlgbt  discover  if  he  really  was  the  |»crson  who  had  serenaded  lier^ 
Mum  this  idea  she  nliewed  no  aver-iene^  to  enter  into  conversallon 

M>  The  whole  family,  nurse  cxee|ited,  had  fnllowed  Kllcn  to  the  danoe; 
Bad  that  good  womsm  thought  she  could  do  no  less  for  the  boQonr  of 
B|nw«ll'«  »i»it,  thon  prepare  a  Utile  comfortable  supper  for  him.  Th» 
Bl«iieV'-leni-e  .■!'  hin  di.]»-iij.>ii,  and   inn-Kwil.  p.ieiy  of  his  t«ri>er. 


fiO 


lin'l  r-:'.  lereil  liiru  a  ^u&t  fuvjurite  amoiigst  his  m.^tic  ucngUiuuifl, 
wli'-ir.  ^L  f»-|ueuL!^  amused  iiith  simplo  btJlad»  aiid  pleasant  Utlos. 
Aiu.ii.ila  aiiii  he  were  left  t£te-i-l6te,  while  tlio  iiurt^  was  hii$ie<]  id 
pre|>anng  ber  ?nIor>aii)i[ient ;  and  she  was  eoon  as  inuoli  pleased  wiiii 
the  cVgani's  iTiil  sijii]ihcitf  uf  his  maimijps  &s  he  vro?  irith  Uih 
ioDOCisTice  OJid  itW[«tness  oi  hers.  The  olfjecte  about  tliem  luitarailf 
leu  to  rural  nuhji:.'.!!^  anil  from  litem  to  what  might  olninst  oe  tenneil 
a  diiixortatioii  on  poetry:  thia  was  a  thauie  peculinriy  up^wable  to 
llawell,  who  wcno'l  tlie  pensive  nmse  heneath  Ute  sylvan  shade;  nor 
WB»  it  less  w  to  .Viimmla :  she  was  a  leuiona  worshipper  of  the  Mosea, 
tliough  diffideueo  mailc  her  coiioeal  her  inrocfitions  to  theiii.  She 
was  led  to  poinr  out  the  beanlies  of  her  favonrit*  authors;  sod  th« 
son  scoiibility  of  her  voice  raised  a  kind  of  tender  enthofiasm  In 
Eowdl's  Eoiil ;  he  gazed  and  listened,  oa  if  his  eye  conld  never  be 
■atijSod  with  kcuing,  or  hU  cor  with  hearing.  At  his  partioular 
reijtieat,  Amanda  recited  the  pathetic  desoription  of  the  curolii  iLd  hia 
lovely  daughter,  i>om  the  Beaerled  Village;  a  tor  stule  dowa  her 
*'  cheek  as  sho  prneeedeil.  Uowell  softly  laid  liia  hand  on  hers,  tmd 
ejcloimed,  "Guod  Ucavcns,  what  an  angel  I" 


I 


w>D  who  had  been  at  tbe  onl^da  of  tbe  window.  After  hia  compid- 
SAQce  lo  her,  she  coald  not  rc^fuso  him  aoe  Boug ;  the  melodious  aouuda 
■unk  into  his  heart;  lie  seemed  feaoinated  to  the  spot,  nor  thought  of 
moving,  tiU  the  nurse  gnire  him  a  hint  for  that  purpose,  being  afraid 
of  Amanda's  sitting  up  too  late, 

Uc  sighed  as  he  entered  his  humhla  dwelling;  it  was  perhaps  Iba 
Brst  sigh  he  had  ever  heaved  for  tbe  narrowness  of  his  fortujio, 
"Yet,"  cried  he,  casting  his  eyes  aronnd,  "In  this  abode,  low  and 
fanmble  as  it  is,  a  soiil  lite  Amanda's  might  oiyoy  felicity." 

The  purpose  for  which  Lord  Mortimer  sent  him  to  the  cottnge,  and 
Lord  Mortimer  himself,  were  forgotten.  Ilis  lordship  had  engaged 
Howell  to  snp  with  hiia  afl«r  the  performanee  of  his  enibussy,  and 
impatianUy  wailed  his  arrlrol :  he  felt  displeased,  as  Uie  hours  n 
■way  without  bringing  him;  and,  nnahloat  last  to  restrain  the  im| 
nosity  of  his  feelings,  proceeded  U>  the  parsonage,  wblah  ho  ent« 
a  few  minutes  after  Howell.  lie  asked,  witli  no  great  complacency, 
the  reason  he  had  not  fulfilled  hia  engngeiiient.  Abscrtied  in  one  ideai 
HoweU  felt  confused,  agitated,  and  unable  to  IVame  any  excoae; 
tlierefore  simply  said,  what  in  reality  waa  tme,  that  he  hod  utterly 
forgotten  it. 

"I  suppose  then,"  exclMmed  Lord  Mortimer,  in  a  rufSed  voice. 
"yon  haTe  been  very  agreeably  entertained." 

"  Delightfitlly,"  eaid  HoweU. 

l.ord  Mortimer  grew  more  displeased;  hut  his  anger  was  i 
levelled  agtunat  himself  as  well  as  Howell.  He  repented  and  regret- 
ted the  folly  which  hod  thrown  Howell  in  the  way  of  such  tempta* 
Idon,  and  had  perhspa  raised  a  rival  to  liiraself. 

"Well,"  cried  he,  after  a  few  ho&ty  paces  about  tbe  room,  "and 
pny,  what  do  yon  know  about  Miss  Dnnfordt" 

"Abont  her?"  repeated  Howell,  as  if  starting  from  a  reverifr— 
"why  nothing." 

"Nothing!"  re-echoed  his  lordship. 

"No,"  replied  Howell,  "except  tliat  she  is  an  angel." 

l.ord  Mortimer  was  now  thoroughly  convinced  all  was  over  witl 
the  poor  parson;  and  resolved,  in  consequence  of  this  conviction,  t< 
lose  no  time  himself.  He  conid  not  depart,  williout  iminirinp  lion 
tbe  evening  bad  been  spent,  and  eiivie'l  Howell  tlie  linpiiv  inirntea  h« 
had  so  eloquently  'le«cTibeit, 


OnAPTER    VI 

£ffiM;  t]i«  uiklUbftf  If  Ihi^r  biutf  At 

Hij  nrUuI  loclo,  dlHloBld^  lu  ki  t 
WHb  aLrr  •annEU  rrDm  Uu  mubli 


■Wiiii*  A.mar.(ln  whs  at  breakfast  tlje  nest  mortiing,  BetROy  bronglit 
letter  to  ber;  especting  In  hear  from  ber  fatlier,  ebe  eogerly  opeiieJ 
t,  and  to  ber  great  euq)rue  perused  tbe  following  lines: 


retnmed  to  the  rooin,  the  nurse  bitterly  lamcnteil  her  not  wrill.ig, 
"Great  nisttera,"  she  said,  "ha'!  often  arisen  fnmi  Binall  bii,'iiiiiin),'s. 
She  couhl  ntil  conceive  why  liis  lortehip  should  be  treated  ia  such  a 
manner:  it  woa  not  the  way  elie  boil  ever  served  her  Edwin.  Luix, 
she  remembered,  if  she  gut  but  tlie  scrawl  of  a  pen  from  liiiii,  she 
nvcd  to  ait  np  to  answer  it."  Amanda  tried  to  persaade  her  it  was 
iitidier  necessary  nor  pnipor  for  her  to  write.  An  hour  passed  in  argu- 
nienta  between  Iheui,  when  two  servants  came  froni  Tudor  Hall  to  tha 
cotliige  with  a  small  bouk-coso,  which  they  sent  in  to  Amanda,  and  their 
lord's  compliments,  that  in  a  few  minutes  he  would  have  the  bononr 
of  pajiug  his  reepecta  to  her, 

Amanda  felt  agitated  by  tliis  message,  bat  it  was  the  agitation  of 
involnntary  pleasnre.  Her  room  was  always  perfectly  ueat,  yet  did 
ilie  nurse  and  her  two  dau^tera  low  busy  tlieni»elves  with  trying,  if 
posailtle,  to  pat  it  into  nicer  order;  the  garden  waa  ransacked  for  the 
cbuice«t  flowers  to  ornament  it;  nor  would  tliey  depart,  till  they  saw 
Lord  Mortimer  approaching. — Amanda,  who  had  opened -the  book< 
case,  tlion  snattheil  up  a  hook,  to  avoid  the  apps.irftuce  of  sitting 
in  expectation  of  his  coming. 

He  entered  with  su  air  at  once  eaay  and  I'espectful,  and,  taking  her 
hand,  besoaght  forgiveness  for  hia  intrusion  on  the  precedin;;  day. 
Amanda  bluahed,  and  faltered  ont  something  of  the  ooufii.sion  she  had 
experienced  from  Lieing  ao  surprised :  be  re-seated  her,  and  drawing  » 
chair  dose  to  bers,  said  he  had  token  the  liberty  uf  sending  a  few 
books  to  aiunso  ber,  till  shu  nguin  condescended  to  visit  the  library, 
which  be  entreated  her  to  do;  promising  that,  if  she  pleased,  both 
it  and  the  mosic-rooin  sbonld  be  eoored  to  her  alone.  She  thanked 
him  for  his  politeness;  but  declared  she  mnst  be  eioused  Irom  going. 
Lord  Mortimer  regarded  her  with  a  degree  of  tender  admiration;  an 
admiration  hdghiened  by  tiie  contrast  he  drew  in  hia  mind  between 
her  and  tlie  generality  of  fashionable  women  he  had  seen,  whom 
he  often  secretly  censured  for  sacrificing  too  largely  at  the  shrine  of 
art  and  fashion.  The  pale  and  varied  blush  which  mantled  the  clieek 
of  Amanda,  at  once  announced  itself  to  be  on  involuntary  siifiiision ; 
and  ber  dress  was  only  remarkable  for  itd  simplicity ;  she  wore  a  plaic 
rithe  of  dimity,  and  an  abbey  cap  of  thin  mnslin,  that  shaded  withont 
laling  her  face  ami  gave  to  it  the  soft  eipre^sioii  of  n  &Indi>nna ; 


bi 


her  [jeantSful  hair  Ml  in  long  ringlets  down  her  book,  and  carled  aiiOD 
lier  forehead. 

"  Good  heaven !"  cried  Lord  Mortiuier,  ''  how  Los  jonr  idea  dwelt 
ui<oii  my  tiiiud  since  lajjt  night!  if  in  the  morning  I  viaa  uharmed,  in 
the  evening  I  whs  enraptured.  Yoor  loolcs,  jonr  attitnde,  were  then 
hejond  all  thnl  imiiginiitJOQ  ix>u]d  conceive  of  lovelinexs  and  grace : 
yw>  nppejircd  as  a  being  of  another  world,  mourning  over  a  kindred 
spirit.     1  felt 


Contused  by  tlie  energj'  of  his  words,  and  the  anient  glances  La 
directed  lowarda  her,  Anianda  scarcely  knowing  what  she  did,  tnmed 
over  tlio  leaves  of  tiie  book  she  still  held  in  her  hatid ;  in  doing  ao,  sh« 
fiiiw  rtritteo  on  the  title  po^  tlit  Earl  of  Cherhurj. — "  Cherbury  I" 
repeiat«d  she,  in  ostuniahtnenL 

"Do  you  know  hiriii"  asVeii  Lord  Mortimer. 

"Not  personally;  but  I  revere,  I  estutiii  him;  he  ia  one  of  tho 
best,  tho  truest  fricr-dg  my  t'nl.her  ever  Ijad." 

"Oh  liow  happy,"  Bicluimwl  Ixird  Mortimer,  "would  his  son  be. 


tna — let  tbia,"  taking  her  soil  hsnil,  and  pressiD?  his  .ips  to  :[,  "  b« 
the  pleilge  of  aniitj'  between  u^."     lie  iiow  inquired  wlien  th« 
intimacy  between  her  t'i.ther  anil  liis  liad  comineuceil,  and  where  tfaa 
former  was ;  bo!  from  those  inquirieii  Amanda  slirnnk.    She  reflected 
that  withoot  her  btbpr'H  jienuissiou  she  Lad  no  right  to  answer 
them ;  and  that  in  a  ejtnaiion  1ilE«  his  and  liora,  too  much  caiilion 
^•Ddli)   not  bu  observed.     Besidl^9,  botli  pride  and  delicacy  ui tide  h«r 
a  at  present  to  conceal  her  falhcr'n  red  aitoation  from  Lord 
rr^  she  cocld  not  bear  to  tliiolc  it  alionld  bo  known  his  h>Iii 
[i«ndence  wiu  on  Lord  Cherbury,  nuc^Hain  as  it  woa,  whetlier  liiot 
(obleman  n'onid  ever  answer  big  eipectotions.     Slie  repentral  hating 
•T  dropped  a  hint  of  the  intiniacj  sabaiHting  bEiween  them,  Hliii'h 
rpli««  alone  had  riiade  her  do;  ood  tried  to  wave  the  BuhjiH'T.      In 
tbia  design  Lord  Hi)rliiner  aesisttJ  her;  for  he  had  too  miicli  pene- 
tration not  inntantly  to  perceive  it  confnsed  and  distressed  liur.     He 
reqne«te<l  perinij^lon  to  renew  liis  visit;  but  Amanda,  though  well 
I  Inclined  to  grant  hia  request,  yielded  to  pradunce  instead  of  iiu-lma- 
an,  and  bv^ge<l  he  would  exuiisc  liKr;  Ilie  seeming  diKpaiiTy  (:-ba 
it  lielpmying)  In  Ilieir  situatiuns  wotild  render  Itvery  jinpru 
n  her  to  receive  sncb  \iails;  she  bln^licil,  liali'-^iglied,  and  bent 
a  the  ground  as  she  spoke.     Lord  Mortimer  contitiiieil  10 
ntt.  but  ahe  wa^  steady  in  rei'using;  he  would  not  depart,  how- 
:,  till  he  had  obtained  permission  to  attend  her  in  the  evening  to 
■  part  of  Tudor  Grove,  whioh  slie  had  never  yet  aeen,  and  lis 
dceeribed  as  parti ctilarl)'  beHUtiful.    lie  wanted  to  call  for  her  at  the 
Sp]»intcd  hour,  but  slie  would  not  suffer  this;  atid  lie  was  compelled 
to  he  contented  with  leave  to  meet  her  near  the  cottage  when  it 
cklne. 

With  a  l<cutiTig  heart  she  kepi  her  apiMiintrnent,  and  found  liia 
lordsliiji  not  niiuij  yards  dittant  from  the  eolla^e,  impatiently  wait- 
ing her  approach.  A  brighter  blooia  tlian  nsiiul  glowed  upon  her 
clieek,  as  she  listened  to  his  ardent  expres'-ionu  of  admiration ;  yet 
not  to  eucb  expressions  wliich  would  soon  have  saleil  an  eur  of 
iclicncylike  Amanda's  did  I.ord  Mortimer  conlioe  himself;  he  iKin- 
vnrions  subjects;  and  the  eloqnence  of  his  langnoge.  tlie 
f  his  iniogi nation,  and  the  justness  of  his  rcmnrks,  equally 
Intised  and  interested  his  fair  companion.  There  was  indeed,  in  ilit> 
tUpi<^>tit'n  and  manners  of  I.ord  Morlimcr,  liiai  iiapl'y  miiinre  ef 


M 


iiiiiji:ulioo  untl  9ullnos>:,  nhiob  at  once  niiiuws  t]i4  bincv  ftUd  alCraet* 
ilia  licort;  iu)d  nevei-  bad  AmiLa(I&  experienced  snob  niinuua  ns  shs 
now  psBseil  with  him;  so  deliglitful  iii  then  progress,  no  r^iid  in 
'heir  ouiirae.  On  ^nlering  tlie  walk  lie  liftd  m^tioDed  tA  her,  sho 
•4IW  Iw  had  nut  oxoggeratcd  itH  beantjes;  anei*  {loaiiiig  through  maay 
hiuic  and  slinded  ulle;*,  they  ctimo  to  n  smooth  green  lawn,  obunt 
'\liii'h  llie  troes  rose  in  the  ii>nu  of  an  ainpliitheuire,  Diid  their  dark, 
iLi\iiri:iiil,  mid  die<|iii-red  Bliadea  prockiinod  that  nmongst  tliem 


Tli->  liiH'ii  ^'iitly  sliipL-d  to  II  winding  stremii,  bo  clear  as  [M>rfect1y 
!o  rcHcpt  the  liuiiiiifiil  scenery  of  hratven  now  glowing  with  the  gold 
and  purple  of  tlic  setting  Biin ;  from  the  opposite  bank  of  (lie  atroam 
rose  a  Etapendona  tnonntain,  diversified  with  little  verdant  hills  and 
didw,  aod  skirted  witli  n  wild  shrabbery,  whose  blossoms  ijprfnrned 
'Jie  air  with  the  most  balmy  fruRTanco.     I/ird  Moi'liiner  prevailed 


f  ruii.  UKK.iui'iuuAiiBEir.  57 

I   he  Uiiusell'  liaU  litNtrd  her  e i id i anting  puwers  iii  it.     Aiiuuida  alarutd,    . 

I  and  Mgerlj  inquired  wlien  or  hy  wliat  means.    It  wan  too  late  f).t 

I  Us  lurdBliip  to  rcceilii;  (uid  lie  nut  unl;  confessed  his  conuealioant 
]ie«r  Ibe  niDtait-riKira,  but  bis  vi^it  to  lier  winilow,  ~  A  siifl  couinsinn, 
intemiiiiKled  with  ^le(uur«,  iwrvadcd  the  soul  of  Ainanila  at  tliis 

I  canressioo:  and  it  wua  M>iiie  lime  ere  she  was  auffloieully  composed  tn 
ooroply  wiCJi  Lord  Uortimev's  stilii'itatiuiu  fur  )ier  lu  tiint-;  flie  at  last 

>   allowed  him  to  U-ad  lier  to  the  centre  (rf  ii  little  rustic  bridge  thrown 

I  orer  the  Btreom,  from  wbenc«  her  voiue  could  he  sufficiently  dtxtin' 
gaiahed  for  the  luuno  to  k^p  time  to  it,  as  l^rd  Mortimer  liad 
directed.  Her  plointise  and  harmonioUB  invocation,  answered  by  tba 
low  breathing  of  tlie  clarionet,  which  up|>CBred  Hke  the  softest  echo 
of  the  monntain,  liad  the  finest  effect  iraa^nable,  and  "took  tb« 
Impidsooed  soul  and  wrapped  it  in  Elyeiuni." 

Lord  MorUnier,  for  the  first  time  in  his  life,  found  liimself  at  a  loss 
to  ezpreu  what  ho  felt:  he  oonduct«d  her  back  to  the  sent,  where,  to* 
her  astonishment,  she  beheld  frnita,  ic«,  and  creams,  laid  oct  as  If 
by  the  hand  of  mngic,  for  no  mortal  appeared  near  tlie  spot.  Duskf 
twilight  now  warned  her  to  return  home ;  but  Lord  Mortimer  wouW 
not  saSbr  her  to  deport,  till  she  had  partaken  of  this  collation. 

He  was  not  by  any  means  satisfied  with  the  idea  of  only  beholding 
ber  for  an  hour  or  two  of  an  ereiiing;  and  wlien  they  catne  near  the 
cottage,  desired  to  know  whether  it  was  to  cbance  alone  he  was  in 
fatnre  to  be  indebted  for  seeing  her.  Again  he  entreated  permission 
tu  viiiil  Ler  sometimes  in  the  tnaraing,  promising  he  would  never 

I    diiitnrb  her  avocations,  bat  would  lie  satisfied  merely  to  sit  and  read 

,  to  her,  whenever  she  chose  to  work,  and  felt  herself  inclined  for  that 
amusement :  Amanda's  refusals  grew  fainter,  and  at  last  she  said,  on 

'  the  above  mentioned  conditions,  he  might  sometimes  eome.  That  ha  - 
•vailed  himself  of  this  permissioo  is  scarcely  nonessary  to  say ;  and 
from  this  time  few  honn  passed  witliout  thdr  seeing  eaitb  ottier. 

The  cold  reserve  of  Amanda  by  degrees  wore  awny ;  from  her 
knowledge  of  hid  family,  she  considered  hitn  more  tlian  a  new  or 
common  acquaintance.  Tlie  emotion  she  felt  for  Iitm,  she  tlionght 
■anctioned  by  that  knowledge,  and  the  gratitude  she  felt  for  Lord 
Clierlniry  for  Ids  former  conduct  to  lier  father,  which  claimed. 
the   tlioiigliT,  hei-  rospeet  and  esteem   for   so  near  and   vsliiahle   a 

1    f>iine*ion  n(  M,..  the  w-rlli.  slic  could  not  liflp  ii.knowkdfeitu;  v\ 


M 


C  U  I  L  D  It  K  N 


T  II  t     i.BTlS 


henel'  of  Lord  Hanimer,  would  of  itself  alooe  have  uathiii-hed 
tliem.  llor  licBrt  folt  he  was  one  of  the  most  amiable,  the  moat  pleas- 
ing of  muo:  tihe  ouuUl  scarcel;  disguise,  in  any  degree,  the  \iyely 
plcasum  she  enjioriunced  in  liis  Booiety ;  uuy,  she  Sl^B^celJ  thought  it 
neteasary  In  disgiiiae  it,  for  it  reaulted  as  innth  from  innocence  u 
Hensibility,  and  v/ut  pliiued  to  Che  account  of  friendship. 

Bitt  Lord  Mortimer  \vas  too  penetrating,  not  soou  to  perceive  ho 
■night  ascribe  ii  to  a  softer  iiupul^;  with  the  most  delicate  attention, 
tlie  must  teodi^  regard,  he  daily,  nay  hourly,  in^iouated  himself  into 
)ier  heart,  and  secured  for  himself  an  interest  in  it,  ere  she  was  aware, 
wiiich  the  efforts  of  subsequent  resolution  could  not  overcome,  Hd 
was  the  companion  uf  her  rambles,  the  aUeviator  of  her  griefe;  the 
care  which  bo  often  saddened  her  brow  always  vanished  at  his  pre- 
sence ;  and  io  conversiog  with  him  ahe  forgot  everj  caose  of  sorrow. 

He  once  or  twice  delicately  hinted  ot  those  circnmstanoes  which  at 
Ills  first  visit  she  had  mentioned,  as  aufSctentlj  distressing  to  bewil- 
der her  recollection ;  Amanda,  with  blushes,  always  shrunk  from  the 
subject,  sickening  at  the  idea  of  his  knowing,  that  her  father  depend- 
u  his  for  future  sannort.     If  he  ever  addressed  her  serionslv  i 


CHILUHKN      or      TUB      ABBKr.  59 

faiiuiceaca]  of  viewjug  tbeni,  be  vould  aofUy  sigb,  and  wish  le  wu 

to  bd  her  guide  to  them,  a^  to  point  oat  beautiea  to  b  reflQeil  and  cuI- 
Uvaied  taste  Vtlsa  hor^  would  be  to  liim  the  greatost  pleasare  be  could 
I   pofisiblj  experience. 

S««il«il  sometimes  on  the  brow  or  a  sLrnbby  bill,  aa  they  viewed 

[   the  sestt^red  bamleta  beneatli,  be  woiilil  eipalJal«  OD  tbe  pleasure  he 

OcinMivod  there  innat  be  in  passiag  a  trtinqnil  life  with  one  Igrely  and 

[  tMluved  ot^t:  hie  insidious  eyes,  turned  towunls  Amanda,  at  tliese 

I  iniiimes  seemed  to  say.  she  was  the  being  who  coald  realize  all  tlie 

I  ideas  he  entertained  of  snch  a  life;  and  when  he  naked  her  ojiiniDn 

of  hiit  sentiments,  her  disordered  blushes,  and  faltering  accents,  too 

|)Uinl;  betrayed  her  conscious  feelings.     Erery  delicacy  which  Tudor 

)  lliill   contnined,    was   daily  sent   to    the    cullngc,   notwitlintnnding 

I   Aniandn's  proliiliition  lo  t!ie  contrary ;  and  soTUctimes  Lord  Mortimer 

[  wan  T'crmiiled  to  dine  vritli  her  in  tbe  recess.    Three  weeks  sjient  in 

[  tJils  fniiiiliar  manner,  endoareil  and  attached  tbora  to  each  otlier  more 

Hiontlis  would  Invc  it()[ie,  passed  in  situations  liable  to  iuterrnp- 


CII AFTER  VII. 


TrowELL  was  no  stranger  to  Uie  timnner  in  which  hours  rolled  away 
I  ftt  llie  cottapc;  he  hoTered  round  it.  and  seized  every  inlervBl  of 
I  Ijird  Mortimer's  absence,  to  present  liimseir  before  Amanda :  his 
I  cmotiona  betrayed  his  feelings,  and  Amanda  aflvcloil  reserve  towarda 

lira,  in  l«>pea  of  mpjiressiog  his  pamion ;  n  passion,  she  now  !i©g»a 

0  think,  when  hopeless,  lunst  be  dreadful. 


«0 


Hovrell  vu  a  prey  to  luelaacholj ;  bat  not  for  hinuelf  atoQS  did 
[lo  rnonm ;  Tenra  for  the  safety  and  happiness  of  Amiuida  added  tn  hii 
d<geetion ;  lie  dreaiied  that  Lord  Mortimer,  perhaps,  like  too  many  of 
Ihe  fiLshioaahle  men,  miglit  make  no  scruple  of  avftiling  himself  of 
any  a<Ivaniage  wliiuli  conld  be  derived  from  a  predilection  in  bis 

Qe  knew  him,  'tia  tme,  to  be  amiahle:  hat  in  opposition  to  that, 
lie  knew  him  to  be  volatile,  and  sometimes  wild,  and  he  trembled  for 
tlie  unsuspecting  credulity  of  Amfinda.  "Thou|jh  lost  to  me," 
e;icluiiiied  the  Qnliap|iy  yonng  man,  "oh  never,  sweetest  Amanda, 
inayest  tlioii  bo  lost  to  tliyself." 

Ho  hod  received  many  proofe  of  esteem  and  fiiendship  trom  I^rd 
Miirtiiner;  hothereforestudiodliow  hemightadinonishwithotit  offend- 
ing, oud  save  Ainntida  without  ipjnring  hiuiscli'.  It  at  last  occnrred 
that  the  pulpit  woidd  be  th?  surest  way  of  effecting  his  wishes,  where 
tliH  subject  addressed  to  all,  might  particularly  strike  the  one  for 
whom  it  was  intended,  without  appearing  as  if  designed  for  that  pur- 
pose ;  and  timely  convince  him,  if  indeed  ho  meditated  any  it^urious 
dt>sigii  against  Amanda,  of  its  Uogrance. 


f  (^  lo  Ikt  Creeuir  fur  conifort,  wbose  supportiog  aiil  ia  no  paitiunlarl  v 
L  proiuised  to  ofUioUd  Wi>rtli.    Cheered  by  them  she  id  able  toeieittli^ 
I  llttlo  talenU  of  geiiiiis  and  taste,  and  draw  U[raniDtliiHtry  foi- her  future 
i  npiwrt !  lier  active  virlutj,  she  thinks  the  best  proofs  of  iscibmission 
I  Bbe  can  giv»  to  Ihn  will  of  h«aven :  uid  iu  lliese  kiidable  eieitiuiis 
(sfae  linds  a  cout^oiuiiA  peoco,  which  the  mera  poiiseeaioii  of  tbrtune 
T  could  besttiw.    While  thus  euiphiyed,  a  sun  uf  pcrtidj  se^  and 
I  nwrks  her  for  his  |>rey,  because  slie  is  si  once  iovcly  and  lielplew; 
i  her  nu3iia|>evtint{  ci-odulilj  kys  her  open  to  his  ftrls,  and  his  bkiidiah- 
I  muuta  lij  degrees  allure  her  heart,  the  snare  which  he  bus  spread  al 
)a  her :  with  tlie  inconstancy  of  libertiiiitiin  he  suou  deserti 
Lhrr,  and  again  she  is  jjhiDgml  into  distress.     But  nutrk  the  diU'urunce 
(sf  Iter  first  and  second  lidJ;  conacienue  no  longer  leuda  its  opposing 
il  to  Bton  lier  sorrow  ;  dospair,  instead  uf  liope,  nrisea;  without 
«  frieml  Ui  wiotlie  the  pains  of  death,  one  pitying  soul  U>  wliisper 
ace  to  lice  deporting  spirit ;  iniialteit  too,  pertiaps,  by  suiiio  unfeeling 
I  baitig,  whota  want  of  siinilni'  Unnptations  alone,  perliDps  saved  from 
I  aimilar  imprudences ;  slie  sinks  an   early   victiin   to  wretchedness. 
k  Stiwell  paused ;  the  fUUiiess  of  his  heart  ntonnted  to  his  eyes,  which 
fatTolantarily  tnrned  and  rested  upon  Amanda ;  interested  by  his  sim- 
ple and  patliotic  elociuenoe,  she  hud  risen,  and  leaned  over  the  pew, 
bar  head  rented  on  her  band,  and  her  eyes  fuetencd  on  his  fuoe.    Lord 
Mortimer  lind  also  ri»ii,  and  alternately  gazed  on  IIuwcU  and  Aman- 
da, parliotiUirly  waCcLed  the  Iatt«r,  to  nee  how  the  subject  wonld 
I  aSect  her.    He  nt  last  saw  the  t«nrs  trickling  down  her  cheeks ;  t!ie 
»  of  her  '.wn  situation,  and  ttie  stratogeuis  of  Uelgrave,  made 
e  ns'i'iKM,  perceive  llie  I'erairibUnce  l«tween  herself  and 
I  the  picture  lluwcll  liad  drawn.     Lord  Mortimer  was  iinntterolily 
I  nffiKted  by  her  tiNus,  a.  faitil  Mckness  seized  him,  he  sunk  upon  his 
t,  and  covered  his  face  witli  his  handkerchief  to  hide  his  emotion ; 
I  but  by  the  time  service  was  aver,  it  was  pretty  well  dissipated, 
I  Amanda  retumct  home,  and  Lord  Mortimer  waited   for  Itowcll's 
I  Doming  onl  of  church.     "  What  the  devil,  Ilowell,"  said  he,   "  did 
n  by  giving  sodi  an  exhortation  I     Have  you  discovered  any 
I  Ultle  ol&ir  going  on  between  some  of  yoor  mstio  ncit;libour8  J"    T!:e 
1  paraoo  coloured,  bnt  remained  sll^t;  Lord  Mortimer  rallied  him  a 
I  Ultle  mora,  and  tlien  deported ;  but  his  gaiety  wu*  ojdy  assumed. 

On  his  Drftt  arqualntAnee  wilh  .\inanda,  iu  cim-fqiience  of  whal 


lie  lieuTil  fratn  Mrs.  Abergwilly,  and  observed  himscli^  lie  hod  beffli 
leinpleil  to  think  her  involved  in  mystery;  and  what  btit  impropriety, 
te  thought,  could  oconsioa  mystery.  To  eee  eo  yoting,  eo  lovely,  so 
e>giLiit  a  creatnrc,  an  inmate  of  a  sequestered  oottnge,  nssooiating 
with  people  (in  niaiinem  nt  least)  so  infinitely  Ircneath  lier;  Co  see  her 
treriihJiug  and  blushiog  if  a  word  was  droppeii  thot  seemed  tending 
II  inquire  into  her  motives  for  retirement;  all  these  circninatances, 
I  say,  considered,  naturally  excited  a  snspioion  ipjnrioue  to  her  in  the 
mind  of  Mortimer;  and  he  was  tempted  to  think  some  deviM.iun 
n  prudence  had,  by  depriving  lier  of  tlie  fbvonr  of  her  friends, 
made  her  retire  to  obscurity ;  and  that  she  would  not  ditilike  an 
opportnnity  of  emerging  trom  it,  he  could  not  help  tliinking.  In 
eoiise<iiienuD  of  tliese  ideas,  he  Dould  not  thiid:  himself  very  cnlpabla 
n  euL-ouroging  tlic.  wishes  lier  loveliness  gave  ri^  to:  besides,  lie  bad 
'i;i)ie  reason  to  suspect  she  desired  to  inspire  him  vritli  these  wishes; 
Vir  Mm.  Abergwilly  told  liim  she  had  informed  Mrs.  Edwin  of  his 
irrival;  an  information  he  conld  not  doubt  her  having  immediately 
coinmuuicjited  lo  Amanda;  therctbre,  her  continning  to  coinu  to  tho 
Uall  seemed  as  if  she  wished  to  throw  herself  in  his  way.     Mrs. 


in  iiitimocj  between  tlium,  pariiuiila-ly 
Bobject  WHS  mentioned,  sliriokin^  nntn 


b;    and,  faltering  liijiiself  it 
9  prcseut  at  leust,  u>  luimuur 


^B  c  tf  I  L  II  R  E  K 

^V  'fee  given  hi  lier  n^nerUoii  of  . 

^Vi  M  be  raw  her,  whenever  the 

^B  It  la  the  greatest  f'Dnfiiirion. 

^1       Her  reserve  he  impnted   to  jircleui 

^V'  wonld  soon  wetir  off,  detemiined,  for  i.l 

^P'  Iwr  affecUttion. 

*  With  snch  idens,  such  BsntimeutM,  liml  Lwd  Mortimor's  first  visit 
to  Afflftnda  commenced ;  but  they  experienced  an  immediate  change, 
M  the  decreasing  reserve  of  her  manners  gare  him  greater  and  mora 
frequent  opportucitiea  of  dJBCOverilig  her  mental  perfectionB;  "he 
■trength  of  ber  imderBtoiidiDg,  theJnstnesB  of  her  remarks,  Iho  live- 
SneMof  her  fancy;  above  alt,  the  poritj  whiith  mingled  in  every  sen- 
timent,  and  the  modesty  which  accompanied  every  word,  filled  him 

►  irith  delight  and  oinaxement;  hia  dnnbta  gradually  lessened,  and  at 
bet  vanished,  and  with  tli«m  every  design,  wbioh  tbey,  alone,  bod 
•Terpven  ri»e  to.  Esteem  was  now  nnit^  to  love,  and  renl  respect 
to  admiration  ;  in  her  society  be  only  was  happy,  and  thought  not, 
or  ratber,  would  not  suffer  himself  to  tliink,  on  the  eonsAiitence  of 
BDch  an  attachment.  It  raiglit  be  said  he  was  entranced  in  pleasure, 
from  wbich  Howell  completely  roused  him,  and  made  him  seriously 
Hk  bis  heart,  what  were  its  intentions  rebtive  to  Amanda, — Of  suob 
views  aa  tie  perceived  Howetl  snspocted  bim  of  barbouriug,  his  con- 
Mienoe  entirely  acquitted  bim ;  yet  su  great  were  the  obstacles  be  knew 

tin  tbe  way  of  an  union  between  him  and  Amanda,  that  bo  almost 
regretted  (as  every  one  does  who  acts  against  Uieir  better  judgment) 
'fliat  be  hod  not  fled  at  the  flmt  intimation  of  hia  danger.  So  truly 
fiirmidable  indeed,  did  these  olatjicles  appear,  that  be  ut  tiniei 
resolved  to  break  with  Aroando,  if  be  could  fix  upon  any  pluu  fur 
dtring  so,  witboot  injuring  bis  honour,  after  the  great  attention  he 
tiad  paid  ber. 

Ere  he  came  to  any  fiual  ilelenniiiatioD,  however,  lie  resolved  to 
try  and  discover  ber  real  eitnation;  if  he  even  left  her,  it  woidd  ha 
■  oatiafaction  to  liis  heart  to  know,  whether  his  friendship  conid  be 
■erviceable;  and  if  an  opposite  measure  was  his  plan,  it  oonld  never 
be  put  in  exeention,  without  the  desired  inri>rmation.  lie  acoord* 
Ingly  wrot«  to  hia  sister,  Lruiy  Anmiiiita  Donner,  who  wns  then  in 
llie  country  with  Lord  Cherbury,  to  request  she  would  inriuire  fWim 
^.Ui  father,  whether  he  Vmw  a  jn-i-Mm  of  tbn  naiJio  of  Diiiiford;  «nd. 


04 


1  ilid,  what  his  Bituatiun  and  family  were.  Lurd  Mortimer  tagged 
Ler  J^dyehip  out  to  mtntion  tlie  infjuiries  being  Oiulstcd  by  liitn, 
and  prmiiised,  at  s<mio  future  iieriud,  to  es^iilaiii  the  reHson  uf  them. 
He  still  contiutied  liis  ftKHidoitiea  to  Amuida,  and  at  tlw  expected 
B  I'eccived  mi  answer  to  his  ktt«r ;  but  how  waa  he  sbiwked  and 
alarmed,  when  informed,  Lord  Cherbury  never  knew  a  person  of  the 
naiDU  of  Duntiirdl  His  doubts  began  to  revive;  but  before  he 
yielded  entirely  to  thtm,  he  resolved  to  go  to  Aniando,  and  inquire 
from  lier,  in  the  most  exjiiicit  terms,  how,  and  at 'what  time,  her 
father  and  the  earl  bad  become  acquainted ;  determined,  if  she 
iVi'ered  him  without  embarrassment,  to  mention  tJ>  his  sisler  what- 
r  circunistancea  she  related,  lest  a  forg;etf^lness  of  them  Lad  alone 
mmle  the  earl  deoy  his  knowledge  of  Dunford.  Just  as  be  was  pass* 
iiig  the  grove  with  this  intent,  he  espied  Edwin  and  his  wife  coming 
down  a  cross-road  from  tlie  village  where  they  had  been  with  poul- 
try and  vegetables ;  it  instantly  occurred  to  liim,  tlial  these  people,  in 
the  simplicity  of  their  hearts,  might  noftild  the  real  sitnatioD  of 
Aiaando,  and  save  him  the  painful  necessity  of  making  iuijuirioB, 
which  she,  perhaps,  would  not  answer,  w  ifliout  his  real  motives  for 


OS 


I  fiihik  ns  over  ftn<1  above  getiteel,  wtien  she  heard  we  iia<l  aided 
I  7enimy  Hawthorn  for  it,  when  he  came  down  rrom  London  wiLh  her. 
I  All  we  Toiist  do  is  jost  to  drop  wirae  hints,  as  it  were,  of  her  sitan- 
I  tioii,  &nd  then  his  lordship,  to  be  saro,  will  make  hia  advantage  of 
I  them,  ani]  ask  her  every  thing  opont  herself,  and  Ihon  ith«  will  tell 

■  him  ail  of  tier  own  accord:  so,  David,  tnind  what  Isay,  I  charge  yoii." 
I  "Ay,  ay,"  ericd  David,  "leave  me  alone;  I'll  warrant  yon'll  alwayi 
I  fin'1  an  old  eoldier  cute  enongh  for  any  poty.''  When  thej  readied 
I  the  Hill!  they  were  shown  into  u  parlour,  where  Lord  Mortiroe;  was 
I  «3pecting  them ;  with  difficnlty  he  made  them  sit  down  at  the  table, 
I  irhere  meat  and  wine  were  laid  ont  for  them :  after  they  had  par- 
I  taken  of  them.  Lord  Mortimer  began  wilh  asking  Edwin  some  qnea- 
I  tioDB  about  his  ftkrm  (for  he  waa  a  tenant  on  the  Tndor  estnt«),  and 
I  whether  there  was  any  thing  wonting  to  render  it  more  ooinfortahlB. 
I  "No,"  Edwin  replied,  with  a  low  bow,  thanking  his  hononrablo  lord- 
I  Bhip  Ibr  his  inqniry.  Lord  Mortimer  fpoke  of  his  family.  "  Ay,  Cot 
I  pleiis  the  poor  things,"  Edwin  said,  "  they  were  to  be  sure  a  fine 
I  thriving  set  of  children."  Still  Lord  Mortimer  had  not  tonehed  on 
I  the  mbject  nearest  his  heart;  he  felt  embarrassed  and  agitated:  at 
I  hat,  wilh  as  mnoh  composure  as  he  could  assume,  he  aski'd  bow 
I  long  they  imagined  Miss  Dnnford  wonU!  »Uy  with  thorn.  Now  wa* 
I  the  nurse's  time  to  speak ;  she  had  liithcrto  sat  simpering  and  bow> 
I  Ing.  *'That  depended  on  circomEtaucee,"  she  said.  "Poor  tear 
1  yonng  laty,  though  their  little  cottage  was  so  obscure,  and  so  unlike 
I  any  thing  aho  had  before  been  aecnatomcd  to,  she  made  herself  qnita 
Irhappy  with  it."  "Her  father  ranat  miss  her  sodety  very  much," 
B  adaimed  Lord  Mortimer.    "Tear  heart,  to  be  sure  he  docs"  cried 

■  imrse.  "Well,  strange  things  happen  every  tay;  but  stJU  I  never 
B  tiionght  what  tid  happen  would  have  happened,  to  make  the  poor 
B  dd  gentleman  and  his  daughter  part."  "What  happened  t"  eirclaimed 

■  Lord  Mortimer,  starting,  and  suddenly  stopping  in  the  middle  of  the 
I  room;  for  lutherto  he  had  been  walking  backwards  and  forwards, 
m  ^was  not  her  business,  the  nurse  replied,  by  no  manner  of  means,  to 
I  be  speaking  apout  the  affairs  of  her  petters ;  but  for  all  that,  she 
E  oould  not  help  saying,  because  she  thought  it  a  pity  his  lonlaliip, 
B  «ho  was  so  good,  and  so  affable,  should  remain  in  ignorance  of 

■  **ery  thing,  that  Miss  Amanda  was  not  what  she  appeared  to  I* ;  no, 
l.tf  the  truth  WMfiiid,  not  'lieperewi  -lie  pOfsed  for  nt  all;  "Imt  h-rt. 


lis 


sLe  would  uever  forgive  me,"  cried  the  nurse,  "  if  yoar  lortsliip  told 
tier,  it  was  from  me  joar  lort^ip  heard  tbis.  Poor  UMt  thing,  sha 
is  very  aaivilling  to  hsve  her  situation  known,  though  she  is  not  the 
firet  poty  who  has  met  with  a  pad  man ;  and  shama  and  sorrow  be 
upon  him,  who  tistrest  herself  and  her  father." 

JLor'l  Uortimcr  liad  heard  cnongh;  every  doubt,  every  enspiciun 
was  realized ;  and  ha  was  eijuaUy  unable  and  unwilling  to  inquire 
I'urthei'.  It  was  plain  ilmaiHla  was  unworthy  of  his  esteem:  and  to 
[□quire  into  the  circnmatancea  wliich  occasioned  tliat  un worth iuuas, 
wotdd  only  bnve  toriured  him.  He  mng  the  bell  abruptly,  and 
crduring  Mrs.  Abergwilly  to  attend  tbe  Eilwius,  withdrew  ianiiedi- 
iitelj  to  another  room.  Now  was  there  an  opportunity  for  Lord 
ii'ortiwer  to  break  with  Amanda,  witimnt  the  smallest  imputation  on 
iiis  huiiuur.  Did  it  give  him  pleasure!  No:  it  filled  him  with 
sorrow,  disiippointmeut,  and  anguish;  the  Boltaesa  of  hw  manners 
even  more  tljan  the  beauty  of  her  person,  liad  faMinated  hie  soul,  and 
made  him  determine,  if  ho  found  her  worthy  (of  which  indeed  be  had 
tlien  but  liille  doubt,)  to  ceoso  not.  till  every  obstacle  whioh  coald 
impede  tlieir   union   should  he  overi.'ome.      He  was  inspired  with 


ft  Am-  amilfl  of  iiuiocence  and  love,  entivenei]  aU  her  festnrcs.  She 
I  acemnl  guddeul;  to  forgot  ber  ba:id  was  detdoed  by  Lord  Uortimer, 

0  JoDgcT  did  she  attempt  to  free  it;  elie  nffered  bitn  gently  to 
I  draw  it  wiClun  his,  and  lead  her  to  the  favourite  hannt  iu  Tudor 

Fleoacd,  jet  bloabing  and  confused,  she  beard  Lord  Mortimer,  with 
I  more  energy  than  he  bad  ever  yet  exprevsed  himseir  witb,  declare 
I  tfie  pain  he  Bu&red  the  days  be  saw  her  nut.  From  liis  ai-dent — Ids 
L  pRSBionate  eiprwsiomi,  what  could  the  innocent  Amanda  infer,  bnt 
1  tlmt  be  intended,  by  nniting  bis  destiny  to  bers,  tn  scenre  to  himself 
I. Sfivcicty  he  to  highly  valued!    What  could  xlie  infer,  but  tbnt  he 

1  immediately  to  speak  in  explicit  terms?  The  ideit  wiu  too 
I  jleasiDg  to  be  received  in  tiaiiqaillity,  and  her  whole  sonl  felt 
k^tated.  Wliile  tbey  pnnsued  their  way  through  Tndor  Grove,  tlie 
r«ky  which  had  been  lowering  the  whole  day,  became  auddcniy  more 
r  darkened,  and  byita  increasing  gloom  foretold  an  approacbiug  storm. 
^'Lord  Uortimer  no  longer  ojiposed  Amanda's  returning  home;  Mt 

carwly  had  Uiey  turned  for  th.it  purpose,  ere  the  vivid  lightning 
|l  flashed  across  their  path,  and  the  tbiinder  was  awfidly  reverberated 
Unony^t  the  bills. 

The  Hall  was  mnch  nearer  than  the  cottage,  and  Lord  Mortimer, 
throwing  his  onn  around  Amanda's  waist,  linrried  her  to  it;  bnt  ere 
they  reached  the  library,  whone  door  was  the  first  they  came  to,  the 
k  jain  began  pouring  with  violence.  T>ird  Mortimer  snatched  off 
P  Amanda's  wet  hat  and  cloak  (the  rest  of  her  clothes  were  quite  dry,) 
l#nd  immediately  ordered  tea  and  «oftee,  as  she  refused  any  other 
ft  .teTreslimont ;  be  dismissed  the  attendant*,  that  lie  might,  witboat 
m  observation  or  restraint,  enjoy  ber  society.  As  she  preoided  at  the 
■  .tn-table,  his  eyes,  with  tlie  fondest  ragitare,  were  fastened  on  her 
Vjbce,  which  never  had  appeared  more  lovely:  eierejso  bad  beightenpd 
W  the  polo  tint  of  ber  cheek,  over  wbirh  ber  glossy  hair  curled  in  bcau- 
I  Cful  disorder;  tlie  noiisuol  glow  gave  a  greater  radiance  to  her  eves, 
I  whose  soft  confiision  denoted  tlie  pleasure  she  experienced  from  the 
B  klieniioDS  of  Lord  Mortimer. 

I  He  restrained  not,  he  could  not  restrain  the  feelings  of  bis  soul. 
I  "Oh  what  bappinessi"  he  ercldmed.  "No  wonder  I  Bmnd  all 
I  mcicty  tasteless  after  having  experienced  yours.  Where  could  I  fliii' 
I  «nch  softness,  vet  snch  sensibilitv;  such  sweetni'fs  yet  ""icb  btvw*- 


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tioD  i  aacli  beauty,  vet  such  apparent  unooosdousDMS  of  it.  Oh,  my 
Auiaada,  sntootldy  must  tnat  Ufa  glide  on  whose  destiny  you  sliall 
eliwe."  AmjiiJa  cndeaviurfct'  to  check  these  Iraiwports,  yet  sccreLly 
thay  filled  her  with  delight,  for  she  regarded  them  ijb  the  sincero 
cffusioDs  of  Lonorulile  love.  Present  happiness,  howovur,  conld  not 
roider  her  forgetfnl  of  prooriety;  by  the  lime  ton  vaa  over,  the 
evening  begnn  tu  jlear,  and  sl-e  protested  she  inuBt  depart;  Lord 
Mortimer  prolo^'isl  against  this  for  some  time  longer,  and  at  last 
liroaght  her  to  the  window,  to  convince  her  there  was  still  a  slight 
rail!  Mllng.  lie  promised  to  see  lier  home  as  soon  as  it  was  over, 
and  entreated,  in  the  mean  tirne,  she  wonld  gratify  him  with  a  s«nng. 
Aniauda  di<l  not  refuse ;  bat  the  raptures  ho  expressed  whUe  singing, 
she  tlioni;ht  Iw  violent,  and  rose  from  the  piano  when  she  had  eon- 
clud'td,  in  spite  of  his  entreaties  to  the  contrary.  She  innisted  on 
gottjtii,'  her  hut  and  ohtak,  whicii  hod  been  sent  U>  itn,  Aborgwilly 
to  dry;  l.onl  Mortimer  at  last  reluctantly  went  ont  to  obey  her. 

Amanda  walked  to  the  window ;  the  prospect  from  it  was  lovely ; 
the  e/u'uinj  was  now  perfectly  serene,  a  few  light  clonds  alone  floated 
in  the  sVy,  their  lucid  skirts  tinged  witli  purple  rays  from  the  dwti- 


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L-  AlDSnda  1>lns}ie(1,  and  averted  her  head,  unatilc  to  apenk. 
I»  "Ah,  whj,"  lionliaiied  he,  pursuing  her  averted  eyes  wiu  his 
■i^'riiould  we  create  unta'^iMess  In  ourselves,  by  agato  separating  1 " 
m^  Aoianda  hiofced  ui>at  these  wi>rils,  with  in VDluiitary  surprise  in  lie.' 
B»POT|[itnmiir  f  Ixird  Mnrtiiner  understood  It :  tie  «iw  she  had  hitljeru> 
lldslrded  herself  with  thinking  his  intentious  towards  her  verv  diSir- 
Ei^t  iroin  what  the;  reall;  were;  to  safier  her  longer  tu  decuve  lior- 
litelf,  noold,  he  thoug:ht,  be  eruclt;.  StrftoinK  her  lo  his  heating 
I  iboft,  he  imprinted  a  lua»  on  lier  tremuloua  lips,  and  Eoftly  tvld  her, 
■  that  the  life  which  without  her  would  lose  haU' its  ciiarnis,  shoald  b^ 
ftdbvoted  to  hor  serrioe ;  and  that  hia  fortune,  like  hh  Ixeail,  should 
K^  in  her  poaeeesioo.  Trembling,  while  she  stnigglud  lo  free  hcrHelf 
M'Jhini  his  amis,  Amanda  demanded  what  he  meant;  her  manner  soiiiO- 
■jirhftt  Hurprieed  and  confosed  him:  bat,  reeoUecting  that  thia  was  tbj 
■TtnoineQt  fur  eiplanatioo,  he,  thongh  with  half  averted  oje«,  declared 
BChis  bo|>e!),  hiii  wishes,  and  inteDtiuns,  Surprise,  horror,  and  iudigna 
Vijon,  fur  a  few  minnl^s  overpowered  Amanda;  but,  eaddeuly  recover- 
I  Jng  her  scattered  tenses,  with  a  strength  greater  than  she  hod  ever 
I  kefore  felt,  she  burst  from  him,  and  attempted  to  rush  Irum  the  room. 
ftJLrOi-d  Mortimer  caught  hold  of  her;  "Whither  are  you  going, 
l^mandat"  exclaimed  he,  affrighted  bj  her  manner. 
I.  "From  the  basest  of  men,"  cried  she,  struggling  I^  di3et>gage 
nerself. 

^  He  shut  the  door,  and  forced  her  hack  to  a  chair ;  ho  was  shocked, 
■■mazed,  and  confounded  by  her  looks :  no  art  could  have  Bssnnted 
Epoch  a  semblance  of  sorrow  as  she  now  wore;  no  feelings,  but  those 
^M  the  most  delicate  nature,  have  expressed  snob  emotion  as  she  now 
Fpetrayed :  the  enlivening  bloom  of  her  cheeks  was  fled,  and 
Bflacoeeded  by  a  deadly  paleness ;  and  !ier  soft  eyes,  robbed  of  their 
BlliHtre,  were  bent  to  the  ground  with  the  deepest  expression  of  wo. 
^^«rd  Uortiner  began  to  think  he  had  mistaken,  if  not  her  cbaraci«r, 
^^er  disposition;  and  tlio  idea  of  having  insulted  either  purity  or 
ypenitence  was  like  a  dagger  to  his  heart.  "Oh,  iny  level"  he 
Hpclaimed,  laying  hia  hand  on  her  trembling  one,  "  what  do  yon  mean 
^^  de[jarting  so  abruptly  f" 

B"  "My  meaning,  my  lord,"  cried  she,  rising,  and  shaking  his  bond 
B^m  bers,  "is  now  as  obvious  as  your  own:  I  seek  forever  to  quit  a 
B^*"  who,  under  ihe  appearance  of  delicate  attentinn.  meditated  so 


bafe  8  scheme  ag^at  me.  M;  credulity  may  have  fiulded  yoa 
ftmii!>i.'mcnt,  bnt  it  has  afforded  yon  do  Iriumph ;  the  tenderness 
wliicli  1  know  jou  tliink,  which  I  Ehall  not  deny  yoii  have  inspired 
me  with,  ns  it  was  excited  by  iuinginnry  virtaes,  rd  it  viuiishcs  with 
the  illusioD  which  gHve  it  birth:  what  then  was  innocent,  woald 
now  he  guilty.  Oh  heaven!> !"  continned  Amanda,  clasping  her  bands 
toother,  in  a  snddeD  agony  of  tears,  "is  it  me,  the  hfljilf^s  i;liild  of 
sorrow,  Lord  Mortimer  eAight  aa  a  victim  to  illiuit  love  I  Is  it  the  sou 
of  Lord  Cherbiiry  dpstined  such  a  blow  against  the  niifortnnUa 
J'itzalan  I" 

Lord  Mortimer  htartod.  "  Fitzalan  I"  repeated  he.  "  Oh  I 
Amanda,  why  did  jon  conceal  your  real  name?  and  what  am  I  to 
infer  from  your  having  done  bo?" 

"  What  you  please,  my  lord,"  cried  she,  "  the  opinion  of  a  person 
I  de^piee  can  bo  of  little  consequence  to  me.  Yet,"  continued  she, 
as  if  suddenly  recollecting  herself,  "  thai  you  may  have  no  plea  for 
extenuating  your  conduct,  know  that  my  name  wna  coocealed  by  the 
desire  of  my  father,  who,  involved  iu  nnaipectod  distreiss,  wished 
le  to  adopt  another,  till  his  affairs  were  settled." 


Im^  ■ttempted  to  prevent  her  ijnltting  the  apartmenr  ■  lie  followed 
her.  bowerer.  frotn  it,    '^  What  do  you  mean,  tny  loi'd,"  aaked  she, 

by  coming  after  met" 

"I  niesn  to  bm  jau  ufelj  bome,"  replied  be,  in  a  tone  of  proud 
illeiuies*. 

"And  i.  It  Lord  Uortimer,"  said  slie,  looking  stoadfiully  in  liis 
loe,  "pretends  to  eee  me  aare?" 

Hit  suinped,  struck  Lin  tiand  violently  against  bis  forebeod,  and 
laidoiined,  "I  seu — I  sec — I  am  despicable  in  yonr  eyes;  but, 
Amonila, !  conuot  endure  your  reprooclies.  Pnuife  fur  a  Cay  minutca, 
and  yoa  will  b'nd  I  uii  not  so  desorving  of  them  as  yon  imagine." 

titio  mode  no  reply,  but  qnickenod  lier  pace;  within  s  few  yards  of 
the  cdtto^.  Lord  Uortinier  caught  her  with  a  distracted  air. 
"Anionilu,''  uid  be,  "1  cannot  boor  to  part  with  you  in  this  manner; 
fQu  ihink  trio  Ilie  veriest  villain  on  earth;  yuu  tvill  drive  tiie  Iroui 
four  lieurt;  I  sliall  become  abliorrent  to  you." 

"UiHt  iis4ired]y,  my  lord,"  replied  she,  in  a  solemn  voice. 

'*CaDiM  compunction  tlien  extenuate  my  error?" 

"Ti-i  not  c^nipunctiun,  'tis  rvgret  you  feel,  for  tinding  your  lidaipH 

"  No :  by  oil  that  la  saci-cd,  'tin  reniarsc,  for  evir  having  meditoUd 
ImkIi  an  injury.  Yd,  I  iig-^iin  repeat,  il'  you  li.-'^;n  to  me,  you  will 
I  am  not  su  culpable  a^  yon  believe.  Oh  I  let  me  beseech  you 
to, do  so:  let  lua  lio|>«  that  my  life  may  be  devoted  to  yon  alone,  and 
I  inny  thus  have  Uia  iipponutiity  of  apn'.o^xing  for  my  conduct. 
Oil !  dofire*!  Aniaiiila,''  kneeling  before  liei,  ''  drive  me  not  from  you 
in  the  liour  of  [lenitence." 

"Vou  plead  in  vuin,  my  lord,"  cried  she,  breaking  from  him. 
He  Bloiteil  in  an  agony  fivm  lie  ground,  and  again  seized  her. 
**Ia  il  tlius."  he  cietaimud,  "with  such  unfeeling  coldness  I  am 
ibandoDed  by  Amanda )  I  will  leave  yon,  if  yon  only  any  I  am  not 
letc«I«d  by  yon;  if  yim  only  say  the  roiiiembi-nnco  of  tlie  sweet 
loura  we  have  ejtent  togcllicr  will  not  become  ImtelU  to  yon," 

lie  van  pale,  and  truinbied;  a  tear  wet  hia  cheelc. — Amanda's 
legan  to  flow.  Slie  averted  her  head,  to  hide  ber  emotiun ;  b-^t  he 
nd  perceived  it. 

"You  weep,  my  Amcnda,"  said  he,  "and  you  feel  the  inflacDri'  of 
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'■Uo,  DO,"  tried  the,  iii  a  time  nunriMly  urtioulal*.  —  -■ 

''I  will  noknowledge,"  continued  she,  "I  bolieve  yoa  poawiued  of 
■tansibiljly;  and  an  nnticJiintion  of  the  painful  fecting.-i  U  wiU  exutc^ 
on  Ihe  reflection  of  yonr  conilnct  tu  ine,  now  slops  my  fiirllier 
rvpro^lic!).  All !  my  lord,  timely  profit  by  mental  currection,  nor 
eT«r  again  encmrage  a  jioaslon,  'n-liich  virtue  caonut  danction,  ot 
reason  justify." 

^  ffokp  Ihe  chtrub;  nod  lh(  r»rt  robuk* 
Efvtrt  Id  r"il>i(<d  btiutr,  wiArd  irtn 
iDiiBclbla. 

Amniidn  ()arti>(1  from  Lord  Mortimer;  nnd,  entering  t)ie  cottagv, 
Im^tily  closed  the  door.  Utt  looka  tcrriSed  t!ie  nuntc,  who  vas  tlia 
only  one  of  Ibe  faroily  np,  and  who,  by  fneaoB  of  one  of  her  sons,  li&d 
diicovered  that  Amanda  bad  taken  refuge  from  Ilie  thunderstorm  in 
Tudor  Hall. 

AinanJft  had  n<>iih«r  hat  nnr  clonk  on ;  her  faoe  wa^  pule  aa  death; 
her  hair,  blown  by  the  wind  and  wet  from  the  rnin,  hnng  disheveltw] 
about  her ;  and  to  tlie  inquiries  of  the  nnrse,  could  only  Gnawer  by 
tohf  mill  leni-^.     "  l-ickalny,"  said  tlic  nurse,  ''what  aibi  my  em  el 


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n  of  virtue:  itelicocf  sbrinking  froiii  one,  timne<liBt«ly  aniioiuie9<l 

t  danger;    hut  ioiiocunre  i[i:)])ired  conDdonce  in  the  other;   and 

Mlulitr,  iiiBicftd  of  suspicioD,  occupied  the  mind.    Aiq  I  OiMined  lo 

«  rictim  of  deception?  end,  eieept  thy  honest,  tender  heart,  my 

I  every  other  franght  with  deceit  and  troacliery  to  met 

tk  the  early  Heason  of  youlh,  perpetual  jwrfirty  makes  us 

'  rdiuqisL  eandour  and  hojie,  whnt  dieriuB  cau  Ilie  world  rulaint 

The  Kiul,  Bjukeniug,  recoils  within  itaelf,  and  no  longer  atartles  at 

dissolation.    Bdgravc  ninied  ut  my  peace — But  Mortimer  alune  had 

fower  to  pierce  the  'vital,  vulni<rab!c  heart.'    Oh!  Mortimer,  from 

1  aluue  the  hlon*  ie  severe — yon,  who  In  divine  language  I  may 

r,  Wert  my  guide,  my  companion,  and  my  familiar  friend." 

*  Lord  Uortituer  was  now  a  prey  to  atl  the  pangs  which  an  inirannuns 

ind,  oppressed  with  a  coii!>eioii»neB9  of  error,  must  ever  feel;   the 

it  inipiarable  vcugeaoec  could  not  dcvi^  a  gn-ater  pnniahment  for 

I   than   Ilia   own   thoughts   inflicted;    Ihe   empire  of  inordinate 

Kion  was  orerthrown,  and  honour  and  reason  regained  their  full 

d  natural  ascendency  over  him.     Wlieii  he  reSected  on  the  anifonn 

earance  of  innocence  Amanda  had  always  worn,  he  wondered  at 

OS  in  over  having  doubted  its  reality;  at  his  audacity,  in 

r  having  inanlled  it;  when  he  reflected  on  her  melancholy,  hs 

thnddered,  aa  if  having  aggravated  it 

"Yoor  sorrows,  as  well  as  purity,  ray  Amanda,"  he  cried,  "ahonld 

c  rendered  you  a  saoreil  object  to  me," 

'   A  ray  of  consoktion  darte<l  into  liia  mind,  at  the  idea  of  prevwling 

B  her  to  listen  to  the  circumstances  which  bad  led  him  into  a  coo- 

o  anworthy  of  her  and  himself,  snch  an  explanation,  he  trusted, 

d  regain  her  love  and  confidence,  and  make  her  accept  what  he 

it  immediately  to  ofier — Ida  hand:  for  pride  and  ambition  could 

3  obstacle  to  oppose  this  denign  of  reparation;  his  happineaa 

ed  on  its  being  accepted.     Amanda  was  dearer  to  him  than 

d  hope  eonld  eketcli  no  prospect,  in  which  site  was  not  tlie 

!t  object.    Impetuous  in  bis  passions,  the  lapse  of  the  honm 

IS  inauppitrtftbly  tedious;  and  the  idea  of  wiuting  till  the  morning 

«  hid  penitence,  his  intention,  and  ngnin,  implore  ber  forgive- 

I,  fiUed  him  with  agony  :  lie  went  up  to  the  cottage,  and  laid  his 

d  Dpon  the  latch;  he  hesitated;  eren  from  the  rustics  he  wished 

9  concml  his  ahiime  .ini!  conAteion.     All  within  ami  with<  ut   tiM 


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cottage  was  Rtill;  the  rnoon-bmms  Beamed  la  deep  apon  tLe  thatoh, 
anil  the  treei  U'eru  imagitated  by  s  breeze. 

"liappy  rustics,"  eiclairaeil  Lord  Martimer. — "ChilUrdu  of  con- 
tent, and  undeviating  intepity,  sleep  presses  sweetly  on  your  eyel'tdi. 
My  Amanda  too  rests,  fur  abe  is  innocent."  Jle  descended  to  tlie 
valley,  and  saw  a  lijjht  from  lier  window ;  he  advanced  wilbin  a  fuw 
yards  of  il,  and  saw  Jiei  plainly  walk  about  with  an  agitated  air — 
her  liandLercbief  raised  to  licr  eyes,  as  if  she  wept.  Wis  feelings  rose 
alinoKt  to  frenzy  at  Ihia  siglit,  and  he  execrated  himself  fur  being  the 
(lecanion  of  her  tears.  Tlie  village  clock  struck  one.  Good  heavens, 
liow  many  honrs  must  intervene  ere  lie  could  kneel  before  the  lovely 
mourner,  implore  her  soft  voice  to  accord  his  pardon,  and  (as  hA 
flatt«red  hiiuself  would  be  the  caee)  io  the  fidness  of  reconciliation, 
press  her  to  bis  throbbing  heart,  as  the  sweet  partner  of  his  future 
days!  The  light  was  at  last  ertinguiahed :  but  he  could  not  rest,  and 
continued  lo  ivamier  aboat  like  a  perturhwl  spirit,  till  the  day  bigan 
to  dawn,  and  he  saw  some  early  peasants  coming  to  their  labors. 


klone  oongeiiial   lu  her  feelings,    Illtbrrto  the  morning  hai' 
[latictitl^  expected ;  fur  with  Mortiujcr  i>lis  enjoyed  iu 

"  Cwl.  Ill  fntTUil.  ud  IU  lUent  hour  " 

But  no  Mortimer  was  now  ilesired.  In  the  evening  lie  r 
annthcr  ailenipt,  and,  liriJiiig  Hlen  alone,  sent  iu  ft  su[ip!icaturj 
inessnj,*e  by  her  to  Aiiian<)a.  Slie  was  jost  risen,  and  Mrs.  Edwin 
luuking tea t'ur  her:  a  flush  of  indigmfflon  ovurspread  her  pale  fao«^ 
on  receiving  his  moasage.  "Toll  hiin,"  saiJ  she,  I  nm  natonished  at 
liis  reiiitiHt,  and  never  will  grant  it.  Let  him  seek  ebowbere  a  heart 
more  like  his  own,  ami  trouble  my  repose  no  more. 

lie  heard  her  words,  and  in  a  fit  of  pa^ion  ond  disappointment 
dew  out  of  the  house.  Iloweil  entered  auon  aller,  and  heard  from 
Elleu  ftu  account  of  the  quarrel  ;  a  secret  ho[)e  sprung  in  Lis  heart  at 
Ihii  intelligence,  and  lie  desired  Ellen  to  meet  him  in  about  half  k 
hour  In  the  valley,  thinking  by  that  time  Le  could  dictate  some  met* 
sag«  to  send  by  her  to  Anianda. 

Ab  tlie  parson  bad  never  paid  Mias  Fitznian  any  of  those  Bttenliooi 
which  strike  a  vnlfiar  eye,  and  had  often  laughed  and  fiuniliarly  chat- 
with  Ellen,  she  took  it  into  iier  head  lie  wn^  on  adniirer  of  hersj  and 
if  heing  the  otject  of  Chip's  admiration  excited  the  envy  of  her  neigb- 
boon,  how  much  would  that  increase  when  the  parson's  predilection 
was  known.  61ie  wt  akunt  adorning  herself  for  her  appointment; 
nnd  while  Iliii>  CNipliiyeil.  the  lioneai,  faithful  Chip  entered,  attired  is 
bit  holiday  cloihea  to  efcort  her  to  a  little  dnncc.  Ellen  bridled  up  at 
the  first  iiilimntion  of  it;  and,  delighted  with  the  meessigo  Amondjk 
bad  sent  to  Lord  Moitimer,  which  in  her  opinion  was  extremely  d(H 
qneiit,  she  resolved  now  to  imitate  it. 

"Timuihy,"  mid  she,  drawiitg  hock  ber  heail,  yonr  re([ue«t  ti 
the  raiMt  imi'miierest  that  enn  be  oonoeived,  and  it  is  by  no  Dieauj 
conretilent  fur  tne  lo  adhere  to  it.  I  tell  yon,  Tini,"  cri«d  she,  waviiMi 
the  comer  of  her  white  apron,  for  while  band  kerchief  she  bad  not.  * 
wonder  at  your  preaomptionnera  in  making  it;  cease  your  tlatierlu 
esprewions  of  love ;  look  out  amongst  the  Inferiority  for  a  heart  men 
like  yiinr  'iwn :  and  trouble  my  pleasure  no  more." 

Cliip  pntisod  for  a  moment,  as  if  wantinfr  to  roinpreliend  her  nieail' 
inif.  'TheBhort  nnd  the  long  of  it  then.  Nell."  snid  he,  '■is,  tlutt  y«| 
■nd  1  are  tr,  have  n-tliing  more  to  say  to  each  other." 


78  OUlLbHIF      Q  W      IBB      AIBKT. 

'■'Tnic,'  cried  Iiia  coquettisb  mis'.Tera. 

"Well,  well,  Nell,"  said  lie,  half  crjing,  "Ihe  time  may  conie,  «L«i 
you  will  repent  ever  having  serred  a  Iroe-hearted  lad  in  this  uuuuier." 
So  .uj-iDg  he  run  from  the  house. 

Ellen  survejed  herself  with  great  admiration,  and  expected  nothing 
haa  J:an  tlie  iiaitiediale  oSer  of  the  psi»on'«  hand.  She  found  liiiu 
p'jnclu.tl  to  his  apiKiintmcnt,  and  oAer  walking  bome  time  nliont  the 
Tulley,  the;  sat  down  together  npon  a  little  banL  '"Ellen,"  aaid  lie, 
rnking  her  hand,  "do  jou  tliink  there  is  any  hope  for  me?" 

"  Nay,  now,  intced,  Mr.  ITowell,"  cried  iihe,  with  affected  coyneui 
"that  is  such  a  strange  question." 

"  Bnt  tho  quarrel  pcrhups,"  said  he,  "  may  be  toade  np," 

"  No,  I  assure  yon,"  replied  she  witli  quiiJcness,  "  it  was  entirely  oa 
jonr  account  that  it  ever  took  place." 

"Is  it  possible  1"  exclaimed  he,  pleasnro  sparkling  in  hiii  eyos, 
"  then  I  inny  renrge  my  passion." 

"Ah  t«ttr  now,  Mr.  Unwell,  you  ore  so  very  (iresEing." 

"Do  yon  thint,"  asked  he,  "she  ia  to  ill  to  »ee  me!" 


eoDtoliiig  Lei><]I['  wit)i  llie  uid  sajiiig,  of  bnvint;  muro  Uiun  one  ilt'iog 
n  hfr  bow ;  and  tliuC  if  Cliip  wmi  iiiit  Hi  gentev!,  he  was  ijmle  t» 
J>ersoiiabI«  a  man  as  t!ie  curulc.  Walking  duwn  the  lone  eKd  uinl 
a  liiUe  boy,  wh..  gave  her  a  letter  from  Ohiii.  Full  of  tbo  iicn  of  iis 
containing  eome  overturei  uf  reconciliation,  t>he  hn^tily  broko  it  ojicn, 
•nd  read  to  the  following  elfuct : 


riius  aid  lh«  vanity  uf  Kll.!n  rL>c«ive  a  ^i^-tMly  |miii»limui.t.    Uof 
)4Wrus  fur  boiuo  ilnys  whb  anubated,  bnt  at  Inst  yielded  ti)  It.e  mi!d 
I  '  argaiuents  of  Amanda,  and  llic  hopes  nhe  iuspired  of  seeing  the  wan- 
dpring  hero  agnin. 

Uowell  at  IflHt  i>tilninvd  an  intervii-w,  and  vcnturtid  to  gileiid  liii 
pfiRiion,  Ainanda  tbankvd  him  fur  bis  regard,  but  declared  iier  ina- 
iHliiy  of  returning  it  an  be  wifihed ;  assoriug  him,  howevci*,  nt  the 

I.  same  time,  of  bersini^re  frieudsbip. 
Tbia,  then,  shall  liut&ee,"  said  b«.    "Xeithcr  Borrow  o<ir  dJMippoint- 
meat  are  new  lo  me ;  and  when  tbey  oppress  me,  I  w[ll  tiU'n  to  th* 
Idea  of  my  angL-1  friend,  and  forgvt  (for  some  momcnbi  at  least)  my 
'*  lieavy  barthen." 
Lonl  Mortiiiicr  made  several  attempts  fur  again  si-i'ing  Amanda, 
*  hot  withoot  succcwa ;  be  llien  wrote,  but  his  lettei"!!  were  not  mora 
■UGoe«-t\il.     In    de'puir   of  finding  neither  letters  nor  luussagefl 
ft-iewiviHl  by  Amanda,  he  nt  last,  by  siratat^u,  elfeetMl  on  iiiUrview ; 
•  meeting  one  of  the  young  Eilwinji  returning  from  the  puHt-tuwn  with 
» letter,  be  imguiriil,  and  huai'd  it  it  was  for  ^\>m.  Ftlzulan ;  a  little 
>  iferxiiaHiiui  jirrt-iiile<l  »n  the  young  man  lo  relimjiiJHh  il,  and  I.unl 
i  Uortinier  8uw  dircelly  tu  tlic  oottagc— " Now,"  criej  be,  '■  tlie  inex- 
orable gjrl  must  appear,  if  she  wii^bes  to  recdve  her  letter."  The 
anrse  iciiinned  Amanda  of  it ;  but  i>he,  suspecting  it  to  bo  a  scheme. 
ralitTCil  to  nppmr.    "  Thdce<l,  I  do  net  deceive  lier,"  exclninieil  I^rU 
^v    'Morlitner,  "  nor  will  I  eive  Ibc  letter  into  any  hands  but  hoi?" 
^h*      "  Ttuj,   my  lor'l,''  fniil  Aiir.imln,  rnming  frnm  her  clinuvl";t, '' v» 


so  GHiLUHifa    on    lUk    Aimer. 

TQoil;  crael ;  but  g;ive  lug  the  lol[«r,"  iinpAtientl^  stretcliing  ont  licr 
liiind  fur  it. 

"  Auuther  condition  renidiw  to  he  oonipllei)  «ith,"  (.•riwl  iio,  seiz- 
ing lier  soft  hand,  which  she,  however,  inataoUy  withdi-ew,  "you 
roast  rend  it.  Miss  Fit«Uan,  in  mj  jireaence." 

"  Good  henTens  I  how  yon  torment  me  I"  she  eiclaimod. 

"  Do  jou  comply,  tben  ?" 

"  Yes,"  she  replied,  ond  received  the  letter  from  liim. 

The  pitj  and  cumpunctioD  of  Lia  JLirdahip  iocrerisod,  as  he  gnanli'D 
her  pnle  face,  while  her  eyoa  eagerly  ran  over  the  contents  of  a  letter, 
which  WAS  as  follows : 


CMILDlir.  S      or      THE      AUBEV,  81 

tatT  Miiglit  licr  liand.  '■  Tliink  not,"  criwJ  lie,  "  1  will  lose  Uie  present 
opjMirtuiiity  (H'liicli  I  huvu  go  Inng  doaired,  and  with  sitc-ti  ilillicult^ 
obt«ncd)  of  unieriti^'  Into  u  viiidiailion  of  my  ctmdact :  liowover  it 
may  be  received  by  yviu,  it  is  ti  jiiatii*  I  owu  my  own  cliai'ncler  li 
niAke ;  for  as  I  never  wilfully  injured  innocuiicc,  so  I  cBiinot  buar  I 
lie  oonaidereil  its  violutor.  Aiiddot  the  wilditets,  the  citrava^aQCO  of 
yoDth,  wlkiuli  witli  compunction  I  ouknowleilf^  being  tuti  uitun  led 
into,  my  heert  Btill  acquitted  mo  of  ever  committing  nu  net  which 
could  entail  upon  mo  the  p.tngs  of  conscience.  Sacred  to  me 
virtue  ever  been,  how  lowly  soever  in  flitnation,'' 

The  idea  of  his  being  able  to  vindicate  himself  scarculy  ulTorded 
leas  jileosure  to  Amanda,  than  it  did  to  Lord  Mortimer.    She  suirnred 

a  to  reseut  her,  while  he  related  the  dreiimiilances  which  had  led_ 
tiira  aatray  in  hiii  opinion  of  her.  Oli !  how  fervent  was  the  ruptura 
lliat  pervaded  Amanda's  heart  when,  as  fihe  listened  to  him,  i' 
fonnd  he  was  Btill  the  amiable,  the  nollle,  the  generous  oharatter  lier, 
fancy  had  first  ctinccired  him  to  be!  Tears  of  |duaaiire,  a^  exqiii^ 
as  th-nc  she  hud  lately  shed,  again  fell  from  her ;  for  oh  1  n  bat  delight 
U  there  in  knowing,  that  an  oljject  we  cannot  help  loving  n  e  muj . 

1  esteem  I  "  Thus,"  cootinoed  Lord  Mortimer,  "  I  have  ntcuuntod ' 
fur  niy  error ;  an  error  which,  except  ou  account  of  your  displcosura,  -' 
I  Ilhua  not  whether  T  should  regret  ^  a»  it  boa  convinced  me,  n 
forcibly  than  any  other  eironmstjuice  could  have  done,  of  the  perfec-*' 
tions  of  j'our  mind;  and  lias,  besides,  removed  fhim  mine,  prcjudicei*'' 
which,  not  without  cause,  1  entertained  against  your  sex.  T 
every  wcunsji  in  a  tlmiliar  (.ituatlon  to  act  like  you, 


I  cat!  you  mine  iij  the  hei|;hl  of  my  u  ishes :  on  yonr  dociait 
T  liappint»9.  01  my  Amaudn,  \vt  it  be  a  favoiiralile  decision, 
■nd  siUfer  me  to  write  to  Mr.  Httaliin,  ami  re>iueiit  him  tu  be.->luw  on 
ne  llie  greatest  pleasure  one  being  can  poMibly  receive  from  anutheff 
I  woman  lovely,  and  educated  as  you  have  been." 

When  lie  menlioned  appealing  to  her  father,  Amanda  could  n 
linger  ihiubt  iJie  sincerity  oi  his  Inlenlluns.  Tier  own  heart  plemlod 
>■  jiowvrfnlly  as  hii  Holicitniions  did  fur  panloning  him ;  nnd  if  nha 
V  elicr.d  lier  hHiiiI,  shi-  lit  \vntl  sutl'.-rwl  \\.  Vi\K  VJwva, 


Vtthout  aaj  reliictoQce. 
pnaiiDg  Ltr  t 


'I  Euii  furyivea  then,"  tiiud  Lonl  MortiiDei, 
I  boaoiQ.  "  Oh,  my  Amanda,  jean  of  Undel 
tttWltion  COQ  never  moke  nj>  for  Diis  gooUnoss." 

Wbon  Lis  truiLsjiarU  were  u  little  abttlod,  he  tajUted  on  vrrittng 
InnUMliati-ly  to  Fitxaluu  :  as  ha  sealed  the  letter,  he  told  Aniauda  ba 
hftd  reqae£l«d  on  expeclitiona  answer.  The  hapjiioess  of  the  joutUfu] 
I)l4f  «-iis  commmiicoted  to  the  honest  mstici',  ivhom  lord  Mortimer 
!)i>frAlly  rewarded  for  their  fidelity  to  his  Amandii,  oiid  whom  she 
nflfdily  excused  for  their  ombiguooB  expressions  to  him,  knowing  Ibey 
jirooeeded  from  simgilicity  of  heart,  and  a  with  of  serving  licr,  yet 
wltliout  injuring  thetnaelves,  by  betraying  the  manner  io  whicli  tbey 
procured  inlelligence  of  her  siloatioD. 

The  day  after  the  reconciliation,  Lord  Mortimer  told  Amanda  ho 
WU  compelled  fur  a  short  time  to  leave  her ;  with  what  rdiielujice, 
h*  Iioped,  bho  could  easily  perceive;  but  the  visit  he  bad  come  iiitti 
Wales  for  the  purpose  of  paying,  hod  been  so  long  deferred,  hia  friend 
WW  growing  impatient,  and  threatened  to  come  to  Tndor  Hall  to  see 
what  detained  him  there.  To  prevent  such  a  measure,  which  he 
Idiew  M'uuld  be  u  tolul  inteiTuplion  to  the  iiappinctis  he  eiiJoyt-U  in  her 


n«Iual  Such  were  Amnnda'B  antiuipations  of  what  alie  termed  th« 
blcFdo^n  of  aa  affluent  fortooo:  felicity,  iu  her  opinion,  wa»  to  bs 
(liffiisei!  lo  be  eiijovod.  Of  Lord  Cherliury's  sanction  to  tlie  attach- 
ment of  his  son,  aho  entertained  not  a  doubt;  her  birtli  was  littla 
iitfrrior  to  lii»,  and  fortune  was  entJrelj  out  of  the  question;  for  ft 
liltvrMl  nviud,  I'lie  tliouglii,  could  neror  Iwik  to  tlmt,  when  on  one  aids 
was  already  possecsed  more  than  sufficient  for  even  tlie  luxuries  of 
:il'e.  Such  were  the  ideaa  of  Ihe  innocent  asd  romantic  Araonila; 
ideas,  which  made  her  seem  to  tread  on  air,  and  whicli  slie  entertained 
.  (ill  aubaoixueDt  azperienco  couriuced  her  of  their  fallacy. 


CHAPTER    XX. 


Bf  tiflnf  up  hli  couDHla  I 


A  VA.vDA  was  flitting  in  the  recess  in  the  (;ardeit,  the  fourth  tr' 
of  Lord  Mortimer's  absenoe,  when  huddenly  she  henrd  the  rattling  of 
a  carriage ;  ber  heiirt  bounded,  and  she  flew  into  the  houoe  ;  n 
very  mumciit  a  chaise  stopped  at  the  door,  from  which,  to  her 
presaible  amaxemeut,  her  father  descended. 

TraottGied  to  the  spot,  it  waa  many  miuutes  ere  ahe  had  power  t9 
bid  him  welcome,  or  return  the  fond  careopcs  he  bestowed  upnn  lieh 
"I  am  come,  Amanda,"  said  be,  eagerly  interrupting  the  joyAd 
(peecbee  of  the  Edwins,  "  lo  take  you  nwuy  with  me ;  and  one 
is  all  I  can  give  you  to  prepare  yourself^" 

"Oi>od  Heaven  1"  said  Amanda,  starting,  "to take  me  away  ii 
dialely  ? " 

■■  Immediately."  lie  repealed,  "  and  as  I  know  jou  are  attached  ti 
Ihia  gijod  girl,"  (turning  to  Ellen,]  '■  I  shall  be  happy,  if  her  parenti 
|>ermit.  W  procure  her  attendance  for  you." 

The  Edwins,  who  would  have  followed  themselves,  or  allow«^  ii. 
of  lliuir  family  to  (uUuw  FitiaUii  and  his  daughter  lound  the  worli^ 


RB5      OP     TUB 


glxL^  Dtniseiited  to  her  going;  Bud  tLu  girl,  exc)Dsiv«  of  her  atUiA- 

ta«nt  U>  AmoQila,  which  was  very  g3*ost,  liaviug  piuod  «rer  einoe  hM 
bver'ii  departure,  rqoicod  at  the  iJea  of  a  diange  of  scene. 

Not  so  Amanda;  it  raado  her  autTer  ngonv ;  to  be  lorn  from  Lonl 
Mortimer  in  tlie  hour  of  reconciliation  find  expliuiation,  wm  niurt 
than  HJie  ooold  snpport  with  furtiti'.de.  Her  Cither,  perliaps,  liiul  not 
received  hU1eIt«r;  but  it  wai  but  jrtstice  then  tohiinand  Lord  Mnrti- 
nicr  to  reveal  her  situation.  She  !-sft  lior  trunk  lialf-pncked,  and  wont 
out  for  tliut  por^ioM;  but  its  aha  titood  before  liiin  with  quivering  lipa 
and  liutf-a verted  eves,  at  a  kws  to  begin,  he  took  her  hood,  and  joftl^ 
ejiclairned,  "Hy  lore,  let  as  for  the  ]irei«t;ut  wave  every  snlyect ;  th« 
innmentfl  are  precious,  Ikasten  to  put  on  your  habit,  or  we  shall  bt 
loo  lale  at  the  stnge  where  I*proi)08e  resting  lo  night."  Anuuda 
turned  in  silence  to  her  cliaml>er  lo  comply  with  the  desire;  teon 
no  down  her  cheeks,  and  fur  the  first  time  she  conoeivetl  the  idea  of 
being  harried  away  to  avoid  Lord  Uortiiner;  but  why,  she  could  not 
think.  Honour  m  well  as  t«ndernca»,  she  thought,  demanded  ber 
acquainting  hiai  with  the  cause  of  her  precipitate  Journey :  bnt  wlien 
she  took  np  a  pen  for  tliat  pnqjo^c,  her  hand  was  unsteady,  and  she 


I     tiot  (he  inii>r«»iiona  they  left  upon  tlieir  mind  were  n.jt  so  pwily 

endieutnl.    FiUalan  was  the  flnt  U>  break  Uie  unsocial  silence,  and 

it  seeiaed  is  if  he  did  ih>  for  the  purpose  ot'  roasing  the  d^ectiun  of 

,     his  daughter.    A  croM  roitd  tsom  the  cottage  eltortlj  brought  theni 

to  CoQwaj  ferr7,  wliicti  they  vera  utilifp^  to  paaa,  and  here,  had 

Amnnda's  mind  been  at  etse,  bhe  would  have  felt  trulf  grutiSed  by 

viewing  tlie  remains  of  gutbio  niitgni licence  which  Cnstla  Conway 

eihibit{>d;  as  it  wad,  she  could  nut  1>ebold  tliem  UDinoved,  and,  whilst 

the  admired,  she  gave  the  passing  tribute  of  a  sigh  to  grandeur  and 

I     decny.    They  only  continued  in  Conway  till  a  carriage  was  provided 

fur  them,  and  soon  came  beneath   tho   stupendoad  projections  of 

Penmaenniawr :  tliia  was  a  scene  as  new  aa  awful  to  Amanda. 

•*  Well,  Cot  in  heaven  plesa  their  soulu,"  Ellen  said,  "  what  a  tefll  of 

%  way  they  should  he  in  if  one  of  them  huge  stones  rolled  down 

Upon  the  carriage."     They  stopped  not  again  till  tbey  reached  Bangor 

Tbrry,  where  they  were  to  rest  for  the  niglit.    Amanda's  slrengtb  and 

I    cpirilB  were  now  bo  entirely  exlionsted,  that  hod  not  a  gloss  of  wine 

I     been  immediately  procured  her,  she  would  have  fitinted  from  wenk- 

i    nebs;  ibisalitllo  revived  her,  and  the  tears  she  shed  relieved  in  some 

degree  The  oppressions  of  her  heart;  her  father  left  her  and  Ellen 

together,  while  he  went  to  give  directions  about  the  journey  of  th» 

Risning  day. 

Amanda  went  to  the  window  and  threw  np  the  eash;    the  air 

'    from  the  monntalns  she  ihooght  refreshed  her;  the  darkneas  of  the    ' 

hour  was  opposed  by  a  bright  moon,  uHiich  coat  a  trembling  radiiuic« 
I  upon  the  water,  lind  by  its  partial  gleams  exhibited  a  beantiful  scene 
I  of  light  and  shade,  that,  hnd  Amanda  bncn  in  another  frame  of  tnind, 
I  the  woold  infinitely  have  admired ;  the  scene  too  was  almost  as  silent 
I  u  it  was  lovely,  for  no  voice  was  heard,  except  a  low  murmur  from 
I  TTNces  below  Mairs.  While  she  stood  licre  in  a  deeg)  reverie,  the  pad- 
f  .Siuig  ufooni  suddenly  roused  her,  and  she  beheld  a  boat  on  tho  oppo- 
t  ,rile  shore,  which  in  a  few  minutes  gained  the  one  where  she  was, 
I  "and  alio  saw  coming  from  it  to  the  inn  a  large  party  of  gentlemen, 
I  vhosc  air  and  attendants  announce<l  them  to  be  men  of  fashion ;  they 
I  KCtned  by  their  discourse  to  be  a  convivial  party;  tho  light  was  ton 
I  dim  bf  aQow  their  faces  to  be  discerned,  but  in  the  flgure  of  one^ 
I  Amanda  thought  slie  perceived  a  strong  resemblance  to  I«rd  Morti- 
I     ln»r:  her  hem  I  throbbed  i  siie  leaned  forward  to  endeavour  to  diitin- 


OF    rus 


giilsh  COIF  plainlj-,  and  ftt  the  momont  heartl  his  well  Icdowd  voice 

urJering  hi*  groom  to  have  Uie  hore«9  resilj  at  twelra  o'clock,  ns  be 
wonU  Cuke  the  ailTnntago  ofsnch  fine  weatlter  to  set  off  at  Uiat  honr 
for  TuJor  lliill.  The  partj  were  tlicn  iiihe-reil  into  a  nxnn  coutiguons 
to  the  oue  occupied  b;  Amanda,  wlilk  ihe  bustling  of  tlie  waiters,  and 
llie  claltering  of  knivtia,  forts,  and  plates,  announced  Ihe  preparations 
tor  a  late  diunrr.  Oh!  what  were  now  the  a^tatiotu  of  Amanda,  to 
tliiuk  tliat  in  one  iiiomenl  she  could  infnrtu  Lord  Mortimer  of  ber 
I  but  the  transport  the  ideii  gave  was  relinqnUbed  almoat 
s  r';lt,  as  such  a  measure  she  tliouglit  might  perhaps  for  ever 
disoblige  her  father.  In  (his  tumult  of  doubt  and  perplexity  bo  foniul 
her,  and  by  hia  condact  conrinced  her  that  be  not  only  know  of  Lord 
Mortimer's  being  in  the  house,  but  wished  her  ti)  avoid  him,  for  h& 
iiutantly  led  her  fi-om  the  window,  and,  shutting  it  down,  darted,  for 
the  tirst  time  in  bis  life,  a  severe  frown  at  her:  adagger  in  tbebreaat 
of  Amanda  coald  ecarcelj  have  given  her  itiore  pain ;  a  cold  horror 
ran  tlirouj^h  her  reins,  and  she  was  oppressed  by  as  nmnj  fears  as  if 
the  had  been  conscious  of  ofTemling  him.  Tlio  supper  he  had  ordered 
wiLS  a  lillle  retankd  by  the  late  dinner  of  his  gny  neighbours;  he 


87 


f,  ia  tlie  n>«y  Oougliitr  ft  some  ixmr  curate  in  this  \-iciuitj-,  nho 

— "Bewniv,"  int«rrit)jtvd  Lurd  Murlimer,  in  an  agitated  Toictt 

j-ou  soy ;  givu  me  no  reason  tu  repent  having  introiliioed  a 

fl  so  voliieil  iutii  tliin  coingiaDy ;  tbe  Eitnation  of  Miss  Fitxalan  U 

.  eiaotl;  wluit  you  siipptise ;  but  let  this  auffloe  for  you,  to  kuow  it 

9  Muiirue  her  froiu  every  species  of  impertinence ;  anil  was 

"ss  protected,  her  own  elegance  and  propriety  would  elevate 

IT  above  receiving  any."    Tlie  face  of  Fitzalun  during  tliis  oonver- 

ja  was  crimsoned  over,  and  lie  ngain  darted  a  frown  at  the  trem- 

g  Amanda,  wliich  ohiiost  petrified  tier ;  he  tolil  bcr  tiiat  she  and 

must  retire  immetliately  to  rest,  as  they  had  a  long  joiimej 

e  them  the  ensuing  day,  which  would  require  Ilieir  rising  early. 

^Amanda  for  tlie  tirtl  time  in  hec  life  wished  to  bo  relieved  from  his 

iwnce,  and  gladly  rose  to  obey  bim:  he  attended  her  himself  to 

-iHim  prepui'cd  for  bur,  whicli  was  directly  over  that  where  the 

leiiieii  sat:  to  think  of  rest  was  icnpossihle;  the  severity  of  her 

jr's  looks,  and  her  prccipitolo  journey — die  know  not  wliilher 

It  evidently  for  the  iiiirjiofH]  of  avoiding  Lord  Mortimer,  filled  tb« 

koughts  uf  Amanda  wiUi  uonl'uaion  and  distre^.    Ellen  essayed  art 

m  consulation. 

"  Whal  t)ie  tefd  do  yon  think,"  said  she,  "if  I  was  to  go  down  and 
e  bisi  lordii1ii|i  an  intima^ou  of  your  peing  here !  You  could  easily 
t  see  him  in  the  garden,  or  else  we  could  [>ring  him  up  here, 
I  if  tlie  cni>tiiin  surprised  ns,  we  coold  pop  liim  in  a  moment 
Iliad  tlio  curtain."  Amanda  motioned  her  to  silence,  unwilling  to 
>  the  tmiallecil  eound  of  Lord  Mortimer's  voice,  and  determined, 
s  as  the  was  to  tee  biju,  never  to  act  in  opposition  b)  her 
At  length  the  burned  were  led  from  the  stable,  and  the  con- 
inal  pnrty  descended  lo  them.  Amanda  softly  nusod  the  window, 
d  eaw  Lord  Mi>rliiiicr  eagerly  vault  npon  the  saddle.  lie  gave  a 
isty  adiea  to  hix  fi'iuiids  and  gnlloped  olF.  They  mounted  at  the 
,  but  IiHik  a  contrary  direction.  Aman4a  leaned  ont  till 
no  loiiirer  hear  the  clattering  of  (he  horso'a  hua&;  her 
;  Us  the  sound  died  upon  her  ear;  she  wept  ns  nlie  retired 
a  tlie  window ;  tlie  idea  of  Mortimer's  disappomtiueni  aggravuieu 
'  grief;  she  no  longer  o|>[K»cd  Ellen's  cSurls  to  undress  her; 
liiiuiud  by  fatigue,  sleep  soon  closed  her  eyee,  and  tier  fancy  agaia 
innporied  her  lo  Tudor  Hall,  nnd  Moriiiner. 


M  CH-Li.  KBS      OV      IHB      ABUir. 

B)  Uie  first  iIhwii  of  iky  a  kiii>r.t  al  Iier  uliiiniber  door  ronsod  her 
froiQ  Ihh  pk-ONing  illusion,  and  she  lioard  lier  fatlier  desiring  her  tf. 
rise  imniediatelj ;  drowsy  as  ithe  ws.",  ohe  instantly  ubBved  lh» 
Hiimtnons,  and  awaking  Ellen,  they  were  rcaJj  to  att«ud  biiii  in  ^ 
few  miotites ;  a  boat  wiw  alr«ady  prepared,  and  on  gaining  the  oppt- 
•its  aide  they  fonnd  a  carriage  in  waiting;.  I>ny  was  non-  just  dawn- 
ing; a  (p-ay  mist  enveloped  the  laountwnB,  and  cast  a  ahaile  of 
obscurity  npon  all  the  inferior  objects;  at  length  the  atmo^phertt 
began  to  brighten :  the  Incid  clouds  in  the  ^aat  were  tinged  w^ith 
golden  radiance,  and  the  sun  in  beantifid  and  ret^ilgent  in^«$ty  arose, 
gladdening  the  face  of  nature  with  his  poUnt  beams;  the  trees,  the 
ihmbii,  seemed  waving  their  dewy  heads,  in  sign  of  grateful  hom^ifra, 
while  thw"  winged  inliabitanl«,  as  they  soared  in  the  air,  poured 
forth  the  softest  notes  of  melody,  Amanda,  in  spite  of  »sdnoBs,  beheld 
the  charming  scene  with  admiralion,  aiid  Fitialon  onntcmplated  It 
with  delight.  "All  nature,"  be  exclaimed,  "points  out  to  man  the 
gratitude  doe  to  the  dirino  Dispenser  of  good ;  hnrdeneil  must  that 
heart  be  against  tlie  feelings  of  sensibility,  which  the  lianiiony  and 
froj^nce  of  tliia  early  hour  awakens  not  to  a  perfect  sense  of  it.'" 


s* 


rw  to  b«  dune ;  his  lardsliip  soon  farincd  a  iilan  lliat  at  once 
J  uio  witli  gratiiade  aiid  pleiwure,  as  it  prouii^d  ine  cum- 
I,  without  del 'living  '"*  '>f  independence:  this  wna  to  accc-pt 
Hf  it^'uc.v  (if  n  coDiiidfrablc  uitiite  in  tlie  norlli  uf  Iri'lanil,  wW.Ai  h« 
I  ID  riglit  of  liiv  wifv,  the  kte  Countess  uf  Clii^rbiirj',  viha 
u  liisll  beireaa:  he  proposed  my  residing  in  Uie  lucmaion  imusc, 
uaAuring  to  advance  a  sam  sufiicieul  to  answer  all  deiuands  and  exi- 
gviiciCB;  and  atriving  to  lighlun  tl)e  obligfttiifiu  lia  conferred  upon  me, 
Lij  deuiuring  he  liad  long  been  seekiag  a  msn  of  irell-linawn  probity, 
M  Ida  liist  agent  liad  gone  off  considerably  in  nrreara  with  liim.  I 
accepted  ]ii»  generous  offer,  and  soon  ft'ced  myself  from  the  power  of 
Bdgrave.  1  now  felt  a  tranquillity  I  was  long  ft  stranger  to,  and  was 
bmied  in  preparing  to  come  down  to  yon,  when  Lord  Mortimer's 
latter,  like  a  clap  of  thander,  broke  the  liB[>py  colin  I  hod  eigoyed. 
Gracions  Heaven !  I  shuddered  to  think  that  at  the  very  period  Lord 
Clierbury  woa  building  np  :ny  fortunes,  the  hopes  he  enteruuiied  for 
'  Ids  dnrling  soil  were  in  a  wny  of  being  deatroyed,  through  means  of 
a  connexion  of  mine.  lie  hod  liiul«d  to  me  his  having  already 
settled  upon  a  splendid  alliance  fur  Lord  Munimer,  wliicli  lie  also 
hintod  his  heart  was  set  on:  this  the  infatuated  yonng  man  hod  tiim- 
S(4f  some  knowledge  of,  for  In  bis  rash  letter  lie  entreated  my  secrecy 
relative  to  his  proposal  for  yon,  till  beyond  the  reach  of  inorluls  to 
separate  you.  No  doubt  he  would  never  have  asked  uiy  consent,  hod 
he  Ihooglit  he  could  have  procured  you  witliout  it;  he  took  me,  1 
suppose,  for  some  needy  and  ainliitions  creature,  wlio  would,  tltough 
at  tlie  eiipease  of  integiity,  grasp  at  the  opportunity  of  elevating  a 
child  to  rank  and  fortune;  bnt  never  was  an  erring  11101101  more  mis- 
taken ;  though  dearer  to  uie  than  tlie  air  1  breatlie,  though  the 
lovely  child  of  my  lost  Molvina,  though  a  cherub  whose  inuoocnt 
ecdotnncnts  utlen  raised  in  me,  as  I'nispero  says — 


SI  woidd  rather  see  you  breathless  at  my  fw;l.  tiian,  hy  consoioxu  nnd 
apparent  meanne^,  daaerve  luid  incur  itie  iiudevolence  of  calumny. 
1  committed  tlie  letter  to  the  flames,  and  reque«tml  Lord  Cherbiry's 
Unal  commands;  being  desirous  to  commence  my  journey  without 
y.  u  yonr  delicate  ftAtc  of  health,  I  said,  mada  ae  aniioai 


to  hava  you  itnmedlately  uudor  m;  ohu  cure;  lie  complied  with  mj 
rei)uest,  and  I  travelled  post,  resulved  to  separate  you  and  Lord  Mor- 
timer, even  if  prepared  for  the  altar ;  aur  wa.t  I  alone  actuated  tJ  tlLs 
by  gratitude  lo  Lord  Cherbnry,  or  cunsideratioti  for  my  own  hcnour 
— no,  with  theoe,  a  regard  for  joar  peace  eijnally  inQnonceil  me;  a 
■oul  of  sensibility  and  refinement  like  jours  could  never,  I  knov,  ba 
liftpi'y  if  treftl«d  with  repuklvo  coldaesa  by  tha  family  of  her 
hiiabund ;  partleiilarly  if  her  conscieoce  tuld  her  she  merited  that 
coldueas  by  entering  it  clandestinely.  Could  I  bear  to  Chink  that 
villi,  so  lovely  in  [)erA>n,  so  amiable  in  luiuinerB,  bo  illaslrioiiB  in 
>lL'M.'eiit,  $li(>ii]d  ba  cidled  an  artful  and  neoeniiitoiu  contriver;  an 
Imputation  whioh,  most  undonbtedjy,  your  iimun  with  Lord  Morti- 
mer would  have  incurreil.  No  I  to  the  Goil  who  gave  you  to  my 
Cflrc,  I  holil  inyftelf  reapondiblc,  as  fur  as  iu  my  [inwcr,  for  proaerviug 
your  jfeacc;  to  Hie  niotlier,  whose  last  words  implored  my  tender- 
ness fur  ber  ofi^prinp|  I  hold  myself  Bc<»>un table ;  to  ina  ahS'ttiU 
existK;  I  think  her  ever  near,  and  ere  I  net,  always  reflect  whether 
I  would  incut  her   apjmibalion:  such  is  the  rteport 


OaiLUUIt.l      or     Il(>     ABDBT  ffl 

l^tnre;  she  started  np  and  flang  horself  intu  his  anns.     "Dearest,  bedt 
■a,"  she  eiclaimed,  in  a  voioe  broken  bj  subs,  "  whftC  is  all  the 
nio  ID  compiriaoD'jf  ytiu?     Khnll  I  put  Lord  Mortiiiier,  bu 
[*l»tely  a  stranger,  in  oom]>elilion  with  jour  happiness?     Oh,  nol  I 
l»iriU  hanceforth  try  to  regulate  every  impulse  of  my  heart  according 
Into  jonrwiKhee."     Fitzolan  bunt  iDto  Icara;  the  eatliusjasm  uf  rirtuu 
d  ihorn  U>tli :  hallowed  are  her  raptures,  and  amply  do  tlusy 
lenwj  the  puia  attendant  on  her  saorifices. 
iJinaer  was  brought  in,  to  which  they  xat  down  \a  their  osnal 
uiuer,  and  Amauda,  Lappy  in  her  father's  smiles,  felt  a  ray 
^  rettimiag  cheerfuloess.     Tlie  evening    was  delightftdly  serere 
1  they  went  on  hoard,  and  the  vesM'l,  with  a  gentle  motion, 
d  over  tJie  the  gltteritig  waves ;  sickness  soon  compelled  Amanda 
I  Ellon  to  retire  from  tlie  deck ;  yet,  without  a  sigh,  the  former 
t  rclinqnieh  the  receding  prospect  of  the  Welch  mountains. 
y  the  dawn  of  next,  morning  the  vessel  entered  tlie  buy  of  Dublin, 
I  Fitznlan  shortly  after  brought  Ainanda  from  the  cabin  to  con- 
a  scene  which  fur  surpassed  all  her  ideas  of  suhliinlty  and 
1  ^ene  which  tlje  rising  sun  soon  heightened  to  the  moat 
lowing  radiance.   They  landed  at  theMariue  Hotel, whi'.'elhey  break 
hsled,  and  then  proceeded  in  a  carriage  to  an  hotel  m  Oapel-street, 
c  they  pro|iosed  slaying  a  few  dayn,  for  the  porpose  of  enjoying 
r's  company,  whose  regiment  was  quartered  in  Dablin.  and 
ng  »ome  requisite  purchases  for  their  jonmey  to  the  north:  as 
«  carriage  drove  down  Capcl-streel,  Aniimda  auw  a  young  oftiuer 
jiding  at  the  comer  of  Mary's  Abbey,  whose  air  very  much 
rubied  Oaenr's :  her  heart  palpitated ;  she  looked  otit  and  per- 
iled the  reiseiiiblanee  a  joat  one,  for  it  wiw  Oscar  himself;  the  car- 
>  poswd  too  swiftly  for  bim  to  rec<ignize  her  fiice,  but  he  iru 
Mtoiiished  to  see  a  fair  hand  waving  to  him ;  he  walked  ilawa  tht 
Pet,  and  reached  the  hotel  Just  as  they  were  entering  i*. 


Tin  rnptares  of  Uiis  nu^eting  Burp.issed  ilencriplion ;  to  0»car  UiPJ 
were  lieiglitcned  bv  anrprise;  ha  veax,  iinfi>rtiiniUel7,  tlint  day  on 
gnaril  at  tlie  bank,  therefore,  cnnlil  only  pny  them  a  few  slmil.  and 
stolen  TiAit!>,  bat  Ibe  next  muming  the  moment  he  vat  relieved.  )ia 
came  lo  thein.  FitMlsn  had  given  Anuinda  inoney  to  ptirohw* 
■whatever  whe  deemtii  neoeiisary  for  lier  ■■onvenicnce  and  aiiiiue- 
nieiil,  nnil  Ostwr  nttendi'd  Iier  In  the  most  cvlebrateil  shops,  to  iiiitka 
hri-  [luri'liAsex ;  having  snpplied  lier^elf  with  a  pretty  fuhionaiila 
n-'siirtiiient  fur  her  wardrobe,  sh«  procured  a  aiiudl  culttiction  of  books, 
siiffloicnt,  liowever,  fhnn  tlieir  cscelleiipo,  to  form  a  liiile  libniry  in 
tlirmcelves,  and  every  reijnisile  fur  dniwinp ;  nor  did  she  forjtet  the 


U3 


I  lie  hnd  anfortunately  perceir©*]  it)  that  it  was  not  derircd 

iiiiprudcuce ;  lie  preleuded  to  nay  it  A'aa  but  a  sliglit  cliuf^iiii, 

'liich  would  aoon  n-ear  away  of  itseif  if  not  renewed  by  inquiries. 

iUalan,  bon'orer,  was  loo  much  atTectcd  bj  tlie  subject  to  drop  it  m 

ilj  as  Oscai'  wiBlieil.    After  regarding  lum  for  a  few  niiiiuics, 

aa  attention  as  tnonrnfui  a^  fixed  (wliile  they  sat  round  tlic  tnblii 

dinner),  he  suddenly  exclaimed,     "Alas,  my  dear  boy.  1  lunr 

s  are  worse  within,  than  yon  will  allow,"   "  Now  indeed,  ft*car." 

led  Amanda,  sweetly  guiiling  on  him,  aniiotis  to  relieve  liirii  I'ruiu 

Uic  enibarrassnient  thefie  words  lind  involved  liim  in,  and  to  dissi|>aie 

the  d(e|i  gluuni  of  her  father's  brow,  "  though  never  in  the  wura,  I 

I'atipy  you  are  not  quite  heart  whole."    Ho  answered  her  witli  an 

■ft'ected  gaiety ;  but,  as  if  wishing  to  ohunge  the  discourse,  suddenly 

,^oke  of  Colonel  Beigrave,  who,  at  present,  tie  said,  was  nbsent  IVuin 

tht  regiment ;  occupied  by  lii*  own  feeling,  lie  observed  iic)t  ihe  glow 

.'irliicli  mantled  tlie  ctieeks  of  his  father  and  tester  at  tlint  name. 

*"  You  know  Ura.  Belgrave,"  said  Amanda,  endeavouring  to  regiiiii 
■Bdnipoaure.  "  Know  her  1"  repaied  lie,  with  an  inviilnniary  aijtii, 
"flh  yeitl"  Then  atler  the  pniije  of  a  few  ininiiles,  luriiiug  to  hia 
filtlier,  "  I  believe  I  have  ah'eady  Informed  yon,  air,"  said  he,  "  ll.nl 
the  daughter  of  yonr  brave  old  friend.  General  IloncywiMid, 
[  Bs^re  yon,  paid  ine  no  little  'attention  on  your  account;  li!» 
is  qnite  the  temple  of  hospitality ;  and  she  the  little  presiding 
gmldew."  "She  is  happy,  I  hope,"  said  Amanda.  "Oil,  surely!" 
replied  Oscar,  little  thinking  of  the  secret  motive  liis  sister  had  for 
■eking  sneh  a  question;  "she  possesses  what  the  world  thiu^i 
XtMory  to  constitute  felicity." 

Fit&dan  had  accounted  lo  Iiis  son  fbr  leaving  Devonshire,  by  raying 

■jQle  air  had  disagreed  with  Amanda :  he  tolil  him  of  tlie  fdcnd^Jiip  of 

lord  Clierbury,  from  which  he  said  he  irusted  thorily  to  bo  al)k'  to 

lave  hiin  promoted.    "He  assured,  my  dear  Oscar,  moat  williiijjly 

wonid  I  reliiiquisii  numy  of  the  cuiuforts  of  hfe  to  attain  Ihe  ability 

lastoning  your  advancement,  or  adding  to  your  happiueoB."     "  My 

Oscar  mournfully  re]ieate<l.      Tears  filled  his  eyes;   lie 

lid  no  longer  rest-ain  ihem,  and  starting  up,  hurried  to  a  window, 

landn  Rillowed,  unutterably  aflected  at  his  emotion.    "  Ot^oar,  iiiy 

O^car,"  (aid  ahc,  as  i>!te  ftung  her  amis  round  his  neck,  "yoo 

me  bfyond  eipresoon."    Ua  tat  down,  and  ko&ing  \i\a\>«tA 


04 


ipoD  her  bo!M>ni,  as  sbe  stood  Lerore  him,  his  teora  fisit  Uinragh  bv 
hoiidkerciiii-f.  "  Oh  heavens!"  exct^med  FlttaJan.  cloapiag  hia  IibihIb 
Logetber,  "  what  n  sight  is  Uiis  I  Oh !  mj  cliildreD,  from  juai  fvlieitf 
alone  could  I  ever  derive  anj ;  if  the  hope  I  entertained  of  that 
ilisap[HiJnte4],  the  lietut  which  chorrshed  it  must  soon  l<e 
wlcnt."  He  arose  and  went  to  them.  "  Yet,"  conUnncd  be,  "amidst 
the  augiiisli  uf  lliis  moment,  I  led  a  ray  oT  pleasure  at  iierceivlug  an 
affection  so  strong  and  icndur  between  yon ;  it  -will  bo  a  mutual 
eonaolalion  and  snpport  when  tbe  feeble  help  and  protection  I  can 
give  is  finallj'  reuiored ;  oh  t  then,  my  Oscar,"  he  proceeded,  wliile  ha 
folded  their  Qnil«d  haiid-i  in  ]iU,  "  bemme  tiie  soothing  friend  and 
guardian  of  this  dear,  tJiia  amiable,  this  too  lovely  girl :  let  her  not 
00  severely  feel — too  bitterly  nionm— the  loss  of  an  unhappy  father." 
Amanda's  tears  began  to  stream,  and  Oscar's  for  a  few  nilnnte:' 
rere  increased.  "  ExcuM'  nie,''  at  last  he  ^aid,  making  an  effort  tc 
lert  hiinscir,  to  his  bther,  ''  and  he  assured  to  the  ntinost  of  my 
.bihty  1  will  ever  obey  your  wishes,  and  fnlfil  your  eipectations ;  I 
ashamed  of  the  weakness  I  have  lietraved  ;  I  will  yield  to  it  r 
lierefiire  vour  haviiLa  see 


Th«  neit  day  was  devuleJ  lo  visiting  Ihe  public  buiWiiigi,  ths 

K^ark,  and  a  few  of  th«  most  beat;Iiful  \ila/xa  in  its  vicinnge.    On  tho 

KtBaning  niai-niiig  Fltzalao  and  Amanda  oontititied  their  Jonrnej  to 

north,  wbero  Oscar  o^ured  Ihein  he  expected  leave  to  visit  them 

«  following  samiuer,  after  the  reviews  were  over;  as  be  helped  his 

o  the  carriofK',  she  pat  a  pocket-boiik  into  bis  hand  (given  by 

IT  fatlifr  for  tbat  purpose,)  which  contftiiied  somctbiTig  to  replenisli 

e  attend  the  travellers,  or  rather  while  they  are  jonrncying 
e  shall  euJeavoar  to  account  for  the  d^Mtion  of  Oscar. 


CHAPTER    XI. 


Not  ibuDrt  ihtj  ruM'j  ( 


I 


I  Oboab'b  regiment,  on  Lis  first  joining  it  in  Ireland,  vos  qnarlcrcd 
BEnniskelkn:  the  corps  wm  agreeable,  and  the  inbahitants  of  the 
DspiCable  and  polit«.  lie  felt  al!  Ihe  delight  of  ayonng  and 
IBtvrprisi iig  mind,  entering  to  what  appeared  to  him,  the  rond  tc 
lory  and  pleasure.  Many  of  his  idle  momitsgs  were  spent  in 
tnUing  abont  the  conntry,  sometimes  Hcconipnninl  by  S  pnrly  of 
I,  and  aometiroes  alone. 
.  In  on«  <>f  his  solitary  excnrsions  along  Ihe  benntifiil  banks  of 
iMigb  Erne,  with  a  light  fuse«  on  his  shonlder,  ij»  the  woods,  that 
t  d«acended  to  the  edge  of  the  water,  abounded  in  game,  aft«r 
ocpeding  a  few  mil(^s,  be  felt  qnile  ealjansted  hy  the  heat,  which, 
low  llie  ntiudle  of  auminer,  was  intense ;  at  a  little  distanc* 
«  perireivcd  an  cirrbard,  whose  glowing  apples  prondsei]  a  dclighlfu) 
fapMl;  knowing  iliat  lh«  fruit  in  many  of  Ihe  n^ighhriuring  phiCM 


»0 


was  kept  for  sale,  he  resolved  on  trj-iiig  if  tiny  was  to  be  pntcliaaoil 
here,  mill  accoriliugtj-  u[>enetl  a  STiiall  gate,  ftnd  &sceii(Ia<i  t!iruiij(ti  a 
gross-gmwu  imCli  in  the  orcliard  lo  a  very  [>ltuo,  white  fottnge,  which 
slooJ  oil  H  geutly  Bloping  Iftwn,  surrounded  by  a  rude  poling.  lie 
knocked  against  the  door  with  hia  fusee,  and  immcdialely  a  little  voiy 
girl  appeared.  "  Tell  mo,  my  pretty  laus,"  cried  iic,  "  wliether  I  con 
pui'eliOAC  any  of  the  tiue  apples  I  see  liere."  "  Anan  I"  exclaiiiied  the 
girl,  with  B  fooUali  stnre.  Oiicar  Bl^nc'^E  ^^  ^^  inoiiieiil  into  the 
poKinge,  saw  from  a  liatf-closed  lioor  nearly  opposite  tlio  one  nt 
which  he  stood,  a  beautil'ul  fair  face  peeping  out.  lie  involuntarily 
started  and  ]>ui^iling  tuiide  the  gii'l,  mode  a  step  into  the  passage.  The 
rooTU  directly  o|pened,  nnd  an  elilerly  woDi/in,  of  a.  genteel  ligure, 
and  i>leasing  eounlenanpe,  oppeareil.  "  Good  lieavens  I"  cried  Oscar. 
taking  off  his  hat,  nod  retreating,  "I  fear  1  have  been  guilty  of  the 
highest  impertinence;  the  ouly  B])ology  I  can  otl'cr  is  by  saying  it 
was  not  intentional.  T  am  quite  a  stranger  here,  nnd  having  b«en 
informed  most  of  the  orchards  hereabouls  contained  fmit  for  sale,  I 
intruded  under  that  Idea."     "  Your  mistake,  sir,"  she  replied,  with  a 


9T 


F'Wme<itii»  fancied  he  luw  an  ftrch  rmilo  plivjing  orer  lier  features  at 
L  (be  involuntary  glancoa  lio  directed  towarJs  ber. 

A  fine  bottet  uf  upples  and  eome  dclieiooa  cider  were  brouglit  to 
r  Osc&r,  and  ha  fjund  hia  entertaioer  u  ho«pitable  in  disj>OBitioa  U 
lhe  vrsA  pleasing  in  convoTnatiDn, 

Tbe  betLutiful  interior  of  the  cottage  by  no  means  corresponded 

vitL  the  plainneB*  of  the  exterior ;  tbe  furniture  wm  elegantly  neat, 

Alid   ttie  room  ornnmenled  iritL  a  variety  of  fine  printi  and  land- 

I  scapes:  a  largo  folding  glus  door  opened  from  it  into  a  plooBurs 

Adelo,  so  wm  tlie  ohaniiing  young  stranger  CAlleil,  obatted  in  the 

k  puin  lively  and  (iiaiiliar  terms,  and  at  last  ruiuiing  over  to  the  b.vket, 

F  tosl  lite  appks  all  about  the  table,  and  picking  ou  tbe  finest,  presented 

tbem  to  Oscar.    Tid  scarcely  ncocsiuu-y  to  say  be  received  them  witii 

•motion:  but  how  ti'Hnsietit  is  all  nutjlunary  bli^l     A  cuckoo  dock 

r  Otoor's  liead,  by  striking  three,  reminded  bim  that  be  bail 

'  fiaased  near  two  hours  in  tbe  cottage.    ''  Oh,   he&veni,"  cried  bo, 

■larticg,  "  I  have  made  a  moiit  unconscionable  intrusion ;  you  see  my 

dear  lodiet,"  bowing  redpecifully  to  both,  "tbe  cunsequeuce  of  being 

too  polite  and  too  fascinating."    He  repeated  his  tljanks  in  tbe  most 

ftniinaled  mouner,  aud  snatching  up  bis  hat  deported,  yet  not  without 

cutiag 


Tbe  sound  of  footsteps  after  hiin  in  the  lawn  made  him  turn,  and 
b«  {>eroeiv«d  the  Udien  Lad  fullowed  liini  thither.  lie  stopped  again 
to  speak  to  them,  and  extolled  the  lovely  prospect  tlicy  had  from  that 
•ainence,  of  the  lake  and  ltd  scattered  Islands.  "I  preeome,"  aaid 
JLdeht,  handling  the  ftisee  on  which  he  Uant,  "  you  were  trying  yonr 
■access  to-day  in  fowling!"  "  Ve^  but  as  you  pen  eive,  I  have  been 
nnancoessAil."  '"Then,  I  assure  you,"  sdd  she,  with  an  arch  smile, 
*'  there  is  choice  game  to  be  found  in  our  woods." — '■  Delicious  gnme 
Indeed  I"  cried  be  interrupting  the  archness  of  her  look,  and  animated 
by  it  to  touch  her  hand,  "but  only  tantalizing  to  a  keen  sportsman, 
■who  sees  it  elevated  above  his  rencli."  "Come,  come,"  escloiuied  ^ 
tlie  old  loiIy,  with  a  sudden  gravity,  "we  are  detaining  the  gentle- 
mail."  Shu  took  her  fnir  companion  by  the  arm,  and  hastily  turned 
tu  the  cottngo.     Omklt  gazed  alter  tlieiii  a  momenl,  theti  vrilb  a  halt 


VS  caiLBatnurTBCJiBtr. 

«DunbereJ  sigk  deac«D(M  l«  tb*  road.  If «  CDBld  not  bcl|>  llunluag 
thia  inuidenl  of  the  moniinc  rerj  like  the  note!  ftdientarM  be  had 
Mometimet  rea^  to  hi*  Biat«r  Anunda  aa  alie  Hit  &t  vork,  and  to  com* 
pletc  liic  rercmblance,  thougbt  h«,  1  uun  fall  in  loie  iriib  ihe  little 
heruiup.  Ab  I  0«c*r.  beirare  of  itiich  imprudenue ;  guard  jour  bfsrt 
with  all  vmir  mre  ngainvt  t«iid«r  iinptfrsiioni>,  tiil  fuHune  hat  Lern 
man  pr«piii<ia«  (o  ;f>ti ;  tba*  would  mv  fatbei  fpeak,  tnu?«i)  Oscar, 
and  set  his  o«n  misfurtum  in  i^rnble  array  b*f)rc  mc,  were  he  ouw 
preBent.  Well,  I  must  endeavour  to  act  as  if  ha  were  hero  to  exhort 
inc.  Uci^h  ho!  proceeded  he.  abotilderiiig  hia  fusoe,  glurv  fur  sume 
lime  to  coiDB  must  be  my  miatreea. 

Tlie  null  momiDg  the  fiuee  was  again  taken  down  and  he  sallied 
ont,  tftrefully  sToiding  the  officers,  lest  any  of  (Iiera  ^iionld  oflfer  to 
BcooinpHDj  htm,  for  he  felt  n  strADge  relactanee  to  their  participating 
I'iihvr  the  »m]\e»  of  Adcla,  or  the  apples  of  the  old  Itulr.  Upon  hii 
an-ivul  at  thu  orclianl,  finding  the  gate  open,  he  ad^anceiJ  a  few  tttpa 
np  Iho  path,  and  had  a  gliitipsa  of  the  rotcage,  but  no  object  waa 
TJsiblp.  0»car  was  Io<i  modest  to  atlemgit  entering  it  uninTitfd,  bs 
thprefore  turned  back,  vet  often  «wt  a  hwk  behind  him ;  no  one  how- 


wne  ra!t«d  to  h^rs  vitb  the  moit  ftrdent  ftdmirmtion  :  ^et  not  to 
them  alone  could  he  confine  the  eipreMioo  of  his  feelings;  thay 
broke  in  half-formed  scotcDces  from  his  tips,  which  Adels  beard  witb 
the  moat  perfect  composure,  desiring  him  either  to  eat  or  pocket  hw 
apples  quickly,  as  she  nanlod  her  boDoet.  being  ia  a  grent  hurry  to 
returu  to  the  cottage,  from  which  aha  had  made  a  kind  of  stolen 
march.  The  apples  ware  instantly  committed  to  his  pocket,  and  htt 
was  permitted  to  tie  on  the  bonnet.  A  depraved  nan  might  faara- 
mieinterpreted  the  gaiety  of  Adela,  or  at  least  endeavoured  to  take 
Advantage  of  it ;  but  the  sacred  inipreision  of  virtue,  irhich  nature 
and  education  had  stomped  upon  the  heart  of  Oscar,  was  indcliblj 
filed,  and  he  neither  suspected,  nor  for  worlds  would  bave  altomptod 
injuring  the  innocence  of  Adela ;  he  beheld  her  (in  what  indeed  was 
ft  true  liglit)  AS  a  little  pkyt'iil  nymph,  whtue  actions  were  the  oCf- 
■priog  of  innocence, 

"  I  assure  you,"  eiclaimcd  she,  rising,  "  I  am  very  loth  to  quit  thli 
pleasant  seat,  but  if  I  make  a  much  longer  delay,  I  shall  find  tlie  lad; 
of  the  cottage  in  aniious  eipeotation."  "May  I  advance!"  said 
Oscar,  as  be  pushed  open  the  gate  for  ber.  "  If  you  do,"  replied  she, 
"(he  lea«t  that  will  be  said  from  seeing  ns  together,  is  that  wo  were 
in  Boarch  of  each  other  llie  whole  of  the  morning."  "  Well,"  cried 
Oscar,  langhing  at  this  careless  speech,  "and  if  they  do  say  so,  it 
-would  not  be  doing  me  ii\jnstioe."  *'  Adieu,  adieu,"  aaid  she,  waving 
her  hand,  "  not  another  word  for  a  kin^om." 

What  a  compound  of  beauty  and  giddiness  it  is,  thought  Oscnr, 
watching  ber  till  shu  c.itered  the  cottage.  As  he  returned  from  the 
Bweet  spot,  he  met  some  labourers,  from  whom  he  inquired  concern- 
ing ibi  owner,  and  learned  she  was  a  respectable  widow  lady  of  the 
name  of  Mrj-lowe. 

On  Oscar's  retnrn  from  Ennisliellin,  he  heard  from  tlie  officers  that 
General  Uoneyivood,  an  old  veteran  who  had  a  fine  estate  about 
fourteen  miles  from  the  town,  was  tliat  morning  to  pay  bis  cnnipli- 
menta  to  them,  and  that  cards  had  been  left  for  a  grand  (i^te  and  ball 
which  be  annually  gave  on  the  first  of  July,  to  commemorate  one  of 
.  the  glorious  vicloriea  of  King  William.  Every  person  of  any  faahioa 
in  and  a^out  the  neighbourhood  was,  on  such  occasions,  sure  of  ao 
invitation,  and  Uie  officers  were  pleased  with  theirs,  as  they  had  fo» 
wme  time  wished  for  nnopporlnnity  of  seeiuK  Hie  gennrars  dangliltr 
who  was  ver}'  nmcli  aiimhvd. 


pillar 


100  e  a  1  L  b  R  (  N     0  .     T  n  »    *  .  B  E  T  . 

The  KWiBrftl,  like  k  Irue  votnran,  rctttincd  an  enthuBinrtic  attncti- 
niinl  for  Ui«  profcBuioo  of  arm>,  to  vrhiuh.  not  only  tlia  motmng.  bol 
Iha  ninridiaii  uf  bi«  lifo  had  beeo  devoted,  and  which  he  hud  not 
quitted  till  oompellod  by  a  debilitated  constitution.  Senlcd  in  bi» 
t,\  mansion,  he  brgnn  to  BipericBce  the  want  of  a  faithful  com- 
who  would  heighten  the  cnjoyroeiits  of  tlie  tranquil  hour, 
ftnd  aoothe  (be  infirmllioa  of  age ;  thii  want  wiw  Boon  supplied  by  hia 
union  with  a  young  lady  in  the  noighbnurhood,  whose  only  dowry 
waa  innoaeiK-e  and  beauty.  From  the  great  disparity  of  their  ogoa, 
it  wa«  concluded  she  haii  married  for  convenience ;  but  the  lonoF  of 
bar  oonduat  chanfc»d  this  opinion,  by  proving  the  general  posseiwod 
her  taoderest  sflectiona.  A  bappicr  ooaplu  wei-e  n«l  Lnown;  hut 
till*  hitpjilnuHS  WM  lorminated  ab  Huddcmiy  as  fatally  by  her  death, 
which  lin|ii>«ned  two  years  nftei'  tlie  birth  of  her  daoghtcr;  all  the 
(teneral's  love  was  liien  centered  in  her  child.  Many  of  the  ladice  in 
the  nelghbuurb(HHl,  induoed  by  the  well-known  felicity  his  Jady  had 
•i\]uyed,  or  by  the  largeneita  of  Ills  fortune,  made  atteiupta  to  engage 
blin  In  nialriiiionial  toils,  hut  be  fought  shy  of  theia  all,  aolemnly 
fleolaring,  "  he  would  never  bring  a  al«p-mother  over  his  dear  girl." 
In  her  liifiuioy  she  was  his  pUiything. 


101 


s  enteriainmeot  smved, 
jiarty,  set  off  eviy-  tor 


,  At  iKigth  the  (layfurGeuiTnl  Ilniieywdo 
jaid  the  ot&c«ra,  accoTii[)anio(l  by  a  Inrgt 

Miillswii,  tbe  nsme  of  the  gooerai's  seat ;  it  was  aitnated 

rdera  of  Llie  lake,  wbere  they  found  barges  waiting  to  eoivtsf  them 

a  H  BinaU  island,  which  was  tlie  «e^ne  of  the  inoming's.  anmsement. 

e  bn-nkfost  was  bud  out  aioidst  thti  ruins  of  an  anbieot  buildings 

rbicb,  from  the  renerablu  remains  of  its  G<ith!u  olefajut,  was,  idobC 

probably,  in  tlie  days  of  religious  enthuHiasni,  tli«  seat  of  sacred 

;  the  old  trees  in  groupa  formed  a  thick  c^pp^  overhead,  and 

)  ivy  that  crept  along  the  walls  filled  up  luanji^^-tlie  nicheB  where 

indona  bad  formerly  been;  those  that  SttU.' remained  open,  by 

■sceoding  to  tlie  ground,  alfurded  a  must  emihai^ting  prospeui  of  the 

[e;  the  long  succession  of  ardies  whirb* -ot^iiliioited  the  body  of  the 

iiipel  were  in  tuany  places  mvereil  vilji  creeiiing  mrma,  atid  scat- 

with  wiUl-fliiwcrg,  blue  hare-bcils,  and  iilhcr  fpontaneoua 

K  of  nature,  while  between  them  were  pLiced  seat«  and 

rvakfiu-t-inblen,  onuuiieuted  in  s  fanciful  manner. 

'he  iillicera  experienced  a  most  agreeable  surpi 

T  itiferiur  were  their  feelings  to  the  seiuatioi 

in,  iiiiruduced  with  tlie  jmrty  by  the  gonerul 

ehl  ill  Miss  Iloneywood  the  luvtly  AdeU.    She  Beetncd  [o  ciijuy 

sarjiriae,  and  Ura.  MarUiwe,  IVoiii  the  op|Kisitc  side  of  the  tulile, 

bckiHicd  Liiii  to  her  with  on  nrch  look ;  he  flew  round,  nnd  she 

Je  romii  fur  liim  by  herself.     "  Well,  ray  friend,"  cried  slie,  "  do 

I  Uiiiik  yini  sliult  find  the  general'^  fruit  as  tempting  as  mint.!" 

.!i!"  eidaiined  OsciLr,  half-sigh  lug,  half-smiling,  "  [lc«)H.-riun  fruit, 

nr,  wliic'lt  I  can  never  ho[ie  to  obtain."     Adela's  stieiitiun,  duiing 

|tiikl'ii*l,  ivas  too  much  engrossed  by  the  corn|iniiy  to  uUow  liur  to 

e  Oiciir  mure  than  by  a  few  hasty  words  and  smilee.    There 

;  no  daneing  tJU  the  evening,  the  company,  after  breakfast,  dis- 

Krsed  accordiog  to  their  various  inclinations. 

t  ii-liuid  WAS  diversified  with  tittle  acclivities,  and  Bcnttcred  over 
wild  sbniUs,  wliicli  embalmed  the  ulr ;  temporary  nrbuure  of  hiii> 
L,  intermingled  with  lilies,  were  erected  and  laid  out  with  fruits, 
IS  and  otiier  refreshments;  upon  the  edge  of  the  water  a  iiianguee 
pitcbeil  for  tlie  ref^inental  band,  which  eulonel  Uvlgrave  bad 
dy  LMUipliinented  the  general  with;  a  flag  was  huitited  on  it,  and 
■  few  small  flcld-piecei  wuru  mounted-,  w^Kn^ 


e  on  entering,  bnt 
which  Oscar  felt, 
daughter,  he 


IM 


aata  were  everj  vbere  dtapeised,  dressed  in  wlitte  Blreflmera,  oni» 
raeEll^  witli  a  provision  of  orange-col uiu-cd  ribbons;  tlie  britinan 
were  dressed  io  the  same  livery,  and  the  bsrgea,  in  whicli  several  af 
the  party'were  to  viait  tbe  otber  i^l&nds,  made  a  picturesque  Appear- 
ance with  tbeir  gaj  »tre&iiiers  finttering  in  the  breeze ;  tlie  iiinsic  now 
softly  djing  »way  upon  tiie  water,  now  gradnnllv  swelling  on  the 
breeze,  and  iMbued  back  by  tlie  u.'iglibouring  hill,  added  to  the 
pleasure  uf  tbe  scdne. 

Oiicar  followed  th*  steps  of  Adelo,  bat  at  the  very  moment  on  which 
be  saw  her  disenj/^gefl  from  a  lai^  party,  the  general  hallooed  after 
him  from  a  ahady  bauk  on  which  be  sat.  Oscar  coidd  not  refuse  tha 
Hnmmons,  and  as  he  ap^'roacbed,  the  general,  extending  his  hand,  gave 
him  a  cordial  squeeze,  ai>b  vulcomed  liini  as  the  son  of  a  brave  man 
he  had  once  intimately  kr^uwR/  "I  recollected  the  nnine  of  FitzaUn," 
said  he,  "  tlio  moment  I  heard  it  mantioncil,  nnd  liad  the  liap|)iiicesof 
learniug  from  Colonel  Bclgrave  I  was  not  mistaken  in  believing  you 
to  bo  tlio  son  of  my  old  friend."  He  now  made  several  inqnirica 
ning  Filzalnn,  nnd  the  aHi-cIiunate  m^mncr  in  which  1 


proclaitnod  by  sound  of  truDipel.  and  oDBwcrod  b;  nii  inimeJiata 
4i>cJiBrge  from  tlis  mount.  At  tix,  the  Udlos  rolurnt^d  tuWuu41uwn 
Cb  change  their  drcueii  for  the  ball,  and  nuir 


Tea  Bt)d  coffee  were  served  iu  the  respectivo  roami,  and  by  eleroa 

le  ball-room  was  completely  crowded  with  company,  at  onco  brilliant 

mpd  lively,  particuinriy  the  ^^flntlemcn,  who  were  not  a  littlo  elevated 

if  the  cnnerara  potent  libationa  to  th«  glorious  memory  of  hiui  whoso 

livictory  they  were  celebrating. 

Adela,  adorned  lu  a  style  superior  to  what  Oscar  hnd  yet  wen, 

l^ppeared  more  lovely  than  he  Lad  even  first  thonght  lier;  her  dre»B, 

which  was  of  Ibin  muslin  spangled,  was  so  coiitrived  as  to  idve  a  kind 

)tt  aerial  lightncM  to  lier  ti^nirc.    Oscar  reminded  her  of  the  pminise 

the  morning  at  the  very  moment  tlie  colonel  approacliG<l  r<>r  ilie 

purpose  of  engitging  her :  she  instantly  infonued  liim  of  Iht  engugc- 

lent  to  Mr.  Fitzftlan,     "Mr.  Fitzalanl"  repeated  tlio  colouc!,  with 

ie  haughty  wr  of  a  man  w)io  thought  ho  liad  reoison  to  tw  utfended: 

he  has  hwn  rather  pi-ecipilate  indeed,  bnt  though  we  may  envy, 

%lio  ohall  wonder  at  his  anxiety  to  engage  Miss  TlDueywoud." 

Dancing  now  commenced,  and  the  elegant  Rgiire  of  Adein  never 

greater  advanloge :  the  lranBporte<l  general  watched  every 

ivemeni,  and  "incomparable  by  Jove! — wliut  a  sweet  uugel  fhe 

''  were  eipresaians  of  admiration  which  (nviiluntarily  broke  from 

a  in  the  pride  and  fondness  of  bin  heart.     Oscar  too.  wboae  figore 

j-n.s  remarkably  fine,  sliareil  his  adnuration,  and  he  declared  to  Colo- 

ISelgrnvo,  he  did  not  think  the  world  could  produce  such  another 

iple:  this  aimcrtion  was  by  no  means  pleasing  to  the  colonel ;  he 

isessed  an  mncJi  vanity,  perhaps  as  ever  fell  to  the  share  Oi  n  young 

us  of  iiertVetlon,  and  detested  the  idea  of  havini*  any 

fWmpetitnr  (at  least  such  a  powerful  one  as  Oacor)  in  the  good  ^ncca 

f  tlie  lodieo.    Adela  having  concluded  the  dance,  complaiunl  of 

itigoe,  and  retired  to  an  alcove,  -whither  Oscar  followed  her;  the 

coTumnnded  a  view  of  the  lake,  the  little  iblsn'I  and  the 

icJ  abbey;  the  moon  in  full  splendor,  cast  her  silvery  light  over 

lioae  objects,  giving  a  sotlness  to  tbs  landscape  even  morejilcositg 

the  glowing  charms  it  had  derivpd  from  lh(i  rndinncyof  day 


lot  caiLbRixoriiiBABiiir. 

Adela  in  dancing  hai  dropped  the  bandeau  from  her  hftir. Oa»r  took 
it  up  and  «til!  rotnined  it ;  Adela  noir  stretchad  Turth  her  hnnd  Co  take 
It ;  "Allow  me,"  cried  he,  gently  taking  her  hand,  "  to  keep  it;  to- 
lootTow  you  would  ca«t  it  away  as  a  trifle,  but  I  would  treasure  it  as 
a  relique  of  inegCirnabla  value  ;  let  me  bare  lome  memento  of  the 
charming  hours  1  have  passed  to-day."  "Obi  ft  truce,"  said  Adela, 
"  \rith  luch  eipressioDi,  (wbo  did  not,  bmrever,  oppose  his  putting 
her  bandeau  in  bis  bosom)  they  are  quite  coinnii'ii place,  and  have 
alrco'lj  been  repealed  to  hundreds,  and  will  again,  I  make  no  doubt," 
— "  This  is  your  opinion  T  " — "  Yes,  really." — '■  Oh  I  would  lo  heaven," 
oiolainied  Oscar,  "I  durst  convince  jou  liow  mistaken  a  one  it  is." 
Adelo,  Isngliing,  Msnred  him  that  would  be  B  difficult  matter.  Oiicsr 
grew  pensive;  "I  think,"  rried  he,  "if  oppressed  by  niisfortime,  I 
kIiuuM  of  all  places  on  eaKb,  like  a  aecliiBion  in  the  old  Abbey,'" 
"  Why,  really,"  said  Adela,  "  it  is  tolernbly  calculaied  for  an  henni- 
togc,  niid  if  you  take  a  sulilary  whim,  I  beg  I  may  be  apprised  of  it  in 
time,  as  I  thoiild  receive  peculiar  pleasure  in  preparing  your  mossy 
eoucii  aud  frugul  fare."  "Tlie  reason  for  my  liking  it,"  replied  he, 
"  would  be  tiie  pi%)spect  I  ahoald  have  from  It  of  Woodkwn."   "  And 


I  ^AMl&ring  it  waa  b  trophy  of  the  liappiucas  he  had  enjoyed  tbai  d&j, 
wd  that  the  genarnl  should  have  informed  her  a  Boldier  Dorer  rriin* 
[  qnished  ajch  a  glorious  memealo."  "  Rssigu  miue,"  replied  Adela, 
f'and  procure  oue  from  Miss  O'Neal. " — "No/'eriod  ho,  "I  would  not 
I  f^j  ber  charmi  and  my  own  ainoeril;  so  bad  u  comptlment  as  \a  &tk 
I  what  I  should  not  in  Iho  least  degree  valuo."  AdcU'o  Bpiritti  revived, 
I  KDd  she  repeated  her  request  no  more. 

The  dancing  continued  afwr  supper,  with  little  in  terminal  on,  till 
Nven,  when  the  company  repaired  to  the  saloon  to  breakfast,  aftor 
[  iriiich  they  dispersed.— The  general  particularly  and  affecionatsly 
J  bid  Oscir  farewell,  and  charged  him  to  ooneider  Wood  lawn  as  his 
I  knd-qsarters.  "  Be  assured,"  said  the  good-naturoi  old  man.  "  tha 
I  son  of  my  brave,  worthy,  and  long- respected  friend  will  ever  ba 
I  wliuble  to  my  heart  and  welcome  to  my  home ;  and  would  to  h^roti 
Ffa  the  oaim  evening  of  life,  your  father  and  I  had  pitched  our  t«ula 
tr  each  other." 

jm  this  period  Oscar  became  almost  an  inmate  of  his  houw;.  anu 
■  ^e  general  shortly  grew  so  attached  to  bim,  (hat  he  felt  unhappy  if 
ed  of  his  Dociety.  The  attentions  he  received  from  Oecar  wen 
s  an  aSectionale  son  would  pay  a  tender  father  ;  he  supporlc<1 
lerable  friend  whenever  ho  attempted  to  walk,  attended  him 
Pjn  all  the  excursions  he  made  about  his  domain,  read  to  him  when 
e  wanted  to  be  lulled  tj  sleep,  and  listened,  without  betraying  any 
mploms  of  fatigue,  to  his  long,  and  often  truly  tiresome  stories  of 
'  battles  and  campaigns:  in  paying  these  attentions  Oscar 
Qftieyed  the  dictates  of  gratitude  and  esteem,  and  also  gratified  a 
VJMueTolent  disposition,  happy  iu  being  abis 


Qut  bis  time  was  not  so  entirely  enprnssoil  by  lbs  goiiernl,  na  to 
rovent  bis  lisving  nmny  hours  t<i  devote  Id  Advln;  with  her  be 
lately  conversed,  read,  and  sung,  roinUad  with  ber  tlirongh 
tomjintic  putba,  or  rode  along  the  beautiflil  borders  of  Lougb  Erne, 
a  almost  bor  constant  escort  to  all  Ilio  parties  she  went  to  in  tlio 
eigliboarbood,  and  freqneatly  accompanied  her  to  the  bovcb  of 
Irrctcbodnnss,  where  the  woes  which  extorted  the  soft  tear  c~com> 
fcisor.ition  be  saw  amply  relieved  by  ber  gi>neriiLis  band ;  ndii-riig 
K  ta  I'C  dill  bcPjrc,  hov  iiiii^ittiblo  was  ii  fnr  O-car.  in  ili.^r..  daii 
ii» 


lOfl  cniLDKsii  or  t»i   abbbt. 

gcroua  tate-i-tetes,  to  resist  the  progreu  of  a  tendtr  passion — a  p«s- 
■bn,  Udwever,  conGaed  (lu  {m  at  Iciist  as  sileDoe  could  cuafloe  it)  lu 
bit  onu  heart. — The  cunfidence  tchiuh  bo  thiiught  the  geueral  repused 
iu  liim,  bv  Bllowitig  siich  an  interourse  with  his  daughter,  wus  too 
snored  in  bis  estimation  lo  b«  abused,  but  tliough  honour  reaislcd. 
Ilia  heultL  jielded  to  his  feelings. 

Adflu,  fnim  delighling  in  company,  auddenlj  took  a  pensiro  lurn  r 
(ho  deuliaed  the  r^natoDt  socielj  she  bod  hitherto  kepi  up.  und 
fceeaifd  in  a  solitary  ramljle  with  Oscar,  to  enjoy  more  pleasure  than 
the  cavcst  parry  appeared  to  afford  hor  ;  the  farouriie  spot  ibuj 
tiaitoil  alnioEt  every  eveuiog,  was  a  path  on  the  margin  of  the  luke, 
at  the  foot  of  a  vuudy  mountain ;  bore  often  seated,  they  Tiered  the 
eun  sinking  behind  the  opposite  liilU,  und  while  thvy  ct^oytd  the 
bentgn&nay  <ii  his  departing  bconis  beheid  him  tinge  the  trembliog 
waves  vi^i  gohl  and  purple;  the  low  whlBtlo  of  t]ie  plonghiuoa 
rQtQrtiin«;  to  his  hanible  cottage,  tlie  ]i)iiiiiIivo  carol  ofbirda  from  Uie 
Bt^aCf'it  fft^Te,  and  the  low  bleating  of  tlio  cattle  Ihiiu  pasturca 
wbich  ewelleil  above  the  water,  all  these,  by  giving  tlie  aonnesa  and 
most  pleasing  ehorms  of  nattirc  to  the  hour,  eutitvivcd  to  louob  yet 
more  sensibly,  hearts  already  prepossessed  iti  favour  of  each  otl]i:r. 


rniboBiNoriaiABDiT.  107 

fed  jo;  t,aA  lerror ;  her  csrcues  soon  r«viv«d  him,  and  n»  he  relumed 

ni.  his  ejes  eagerlj  tvugbt  his  deliTerer.     Oacar  stoud  near,  with 

Kfaingled  teodernviH  and  anxiety  id   his  looki,  the  general  tool(  hi» 

tend,  and  whilet  he  pressed  it  along  with  Adela'g  lo  his  bosonii  taara 

■in  them. — "You  are  both  tny  cbildrenl"  he  exclaimed;  "the 

Aildren  of  m;  love,  and  from  juur  felicity  I  must  derive   mine." 

LThia  expression  Oacar  coneeired  lo  bo  a  mere  effusion  of  gratitude, 

"ittle  thinking  what  a  project  relatlre  lo  him  bs4  entered  the  gene- 

fal't  head,  wlio  bad  first,  howerer,  consulted  and  learned  from  his 

Ikughter  it  would  be  agreeable  hi  her.     This  generous,  some  will  «nj 

l*nauuitia  old  mnn,  felt  for  Oscar  tlie  most  nnbonnded  love  and  grati- 

I  (fade,  and  aa  the  best  proof  of  this,  he  resolved  to  bestow  on  this 

t'^ung  soldier  his  rich  and  lovelj  heiress,  who  hod  acknowledged  to 

er  her  predilection  for  him.    He  knew  botb  bis  birtb  to  be 

I  feoble.  his  disposition  amiable,  and  his  spirit  brave ;  besides,  by  this 

I  teion  l«  should  secure  the  society  of  Adola ;  he  wished  her  married, 

it  dreaded,  whenever  that  event  ti^ok  place,  he  should  be  deprived 

of  her;  but  Oscar,  be  supposed,  bonnd  to  him  by  gratitude,  would, 

vnlike  others,  accede  to  his  wishes  of  residing  at  Woodtawn  during 

his  tifetime:  his  project  ha  resolved  on  communicating  to  Colonel 

Bdgrave  whom,  on  Osmr's  auconnt  he  regarded,  as  Oscar  had  ai^d 

(what  indeed  he  believed)  that  he  was  partly  indebted  to  him  for  bis 

commission. 

What  a  tiiunder  stroke  was  this  to  Belgrare,  who  arrived  at  Wood- 
lawn  the  morning  after  the  resoluLiun  was  finally  settled,  aud  was 
■died  to  accompany  the  general  about  a  tiltle  business,  lo  the  sum- 
mer-honse  in  the  garden;  poor  Oscar  trembled;  he  felt  a  presenti- 
ment he  should  be  the  subject  of  disuourw,  and  liad  no  donbt  but 
the  general  meant  to  oompkin  to  Ooloncl  Bclgrave,  as  a  person  who 
had  some  authority  over  biro,  atwut  his  great  pai'ticiilnrity  to  liisa 
Hooeywond. 

Bftge,  envy,  and  snrprise,  kept  the  cdlonol  silent  some  minutes  after 
ihe  general  had  ended  s|>eaking;  dissiinuiatiun  tliun  eonie  lo  his  aid, 
nd  be  attempted,  though  in  Altering  accents,  to  express  his  adtnira- 
ioc  of  Biicb  generosity;  yet  to  bestow  sncli  a  treasure,  so  inestimable, 
ft  FUch  A  man,  when  so  many  of  equal  rank  aud  fortune  sigbeil  Rii 
H  possession;  upon  a  man  too,  or  rather  a  bov,  froru  whose  age  il 
I.Ci[;ht  he  eipcctei!,  his  affuctious  would  be  variable.     "Let  me  t«U 


108  CHILDRBN     or     THK     4BBEr. 

jou,  colonel,"  laid  the  geoerHl.  haBtil;  interrupting  him,  and  Btrilfing 
hia  Blick  upon  the  ground,  as  he  aroao  to  return  lo  the  house,  "  there 
can  bo  but  Httla  danger  of  his  DfTeclions  changing,  when  eucb  tt  girl 
as  Adela  is  his  wife ;  bo  touch  no  more  upon  that  subject,  I  entrent 
you ;  but  jou  roust  break  the  affair  to  the  young  fellow,  for  I  should 
bo  in  Buch  a  confounded  flurr;,  1  ahould  sot  nil  in  confusion,  bud  bent 
an  alarm  at  the  firiit  onset." 

The  gloom  and  cmbnrrassmoBt  which  Rppenrcd  in  the  countenance 
of  the  colonel,  filled  Oncar  with  alarmB,  lio  imagined  them  eicited  bf 
friendehip  for  him ;  after  what  the  general  had  said,  he  sighed  to 
hear  Darticulara,  and  longed  for  the  first  time  to  quit  Woodlawn. — 
The  colonel  n'&x  indeed  in  a  atato  of  torture;  he  had  long  medilat«d 
ihe  concjuest  of  Adela,  whose  fortniie  and  beanly  rendered  her  a  truly 
desirable  object;  to  resign  her  without  one  ctTort  of  circumventing 
Oscar,  was  not  to  be  thought  of:  to  blast  his  promised  jojs,  even  if 
it  did  not  lead  to  the  accomplishment  of  his  own  wi.thes,  he  felt 
would  give  him  some  comfort,  and  he  resolved  to  leave  no  meana 
nniried  for  so  doing. 

They  set  oft'  early  in  the  morning  for  Enniskellen,  and  Belgrave 


C>1ILD»«»     Uf     IKK     iBBgr.  lOfl 

f  *t  tiani;  him.  ha  hu  not  generoflit;  enough  to  reiTard  that  brarer; 
bis  daiighlsr  or  any  of  her  treasure," — '■  Ilenvea  is  my  witneM  1 " 
vxclaimed  the  unsuspicious  Oncar,  "I  ncTCr  aspired  to  cither;  I 
hlwavB  knew  m;  passiim  for  his  daughter  as  hopeless  us  ferTent.  aud 
«l«iMn  for  him  m  disinterested  as  siuccre :  1  would  have  sooner 
8ied  than  abused  the  confidonce  he  repoiied  in  me  by  revealiDf;  my 
attachment;  1  see,  however,  in  future  I  must  be  an  exile  to  Wood- 
lawn."  "Not  BO,  neither,"  replied  the  colooei.  "only  aToid  such 
particularity  to  the  |;irl :  I  believe  in  my  soul  she  has  more  pride 
than  BUBceptibility  in  her  nature ;  in  your  next  visit,  therefore,  which 
'fcr  that  purpine  1  would  bavo  joi  soon  tiutlte,  dticlare,  Id  a  cavalier 
taaiuier,  ^onr  alTections  were  engaged  previous  to  your  coming  to 
Ireland;  this  decloralioD  will  set  all  to  rights  with  the  general,  be 
no  lunger  dread  you  on  hia  daughter's  account,  you  will  be  as 
•relcome  as  ever  to  Woodlawn,  and  enjoy  daring  your  oontinuanco  in 
the  oonnlry,  the  society  yon  liavo  liitherto  been  accustomed  to," 
,"  said  Oscar,  "I  cannot  assert  au  (treat  a  falsehood." — "How 
ridiculous,"  replied  the  colonel:  "fur  heaven's  sake,  my  dear  boy, 
drop  each  romantie  notions ;  1  should  be  the  lost  man  in  the  world 
to  desire  yon  to  invent  a  fabehood  whicli  could  injure  any  one,  but 
no  priest  in  Christendom  would  blame  you  for  this."  "And  suppose 
I  vtr.iiiriv  w!iftt  will  it  do,  bnt  bind  faster  round  my  heart  chains 
klrently  loo  gallini;,  and  destroy  in  the  cnil  all  remains  of  peac«." 

'■Faitli,  Fitzalsn,"  said  the  coionel,  "by  tlio  time  you  hove  had  a 

few  more  love  afliurs  with  some  of  the  pretty  girls  of  tlii»  kingdom, 

you  will  talk  no  more  in  this  way;  consider  (and  be  not  loo  scrn- 

pnlous)  how  disagreeable  it  will  be  to  resign  the  general's  friendship, 

uid  the  pleasing  society  yon  enjoyed  at  Woodlawn;  besidijs,  it  will 

■ppear  strange  to  those  who  knew  your  former  Intimacy ;  in  honour 

too  yon  are  bound  to  do  as  1  desire  you,  fur  should  the  ^rl  liavp 

been  imprudent  enough  to  conceive  an  attachment  for  you,  this  will 

.    nertoinly  remove  it,  for  pride  would  not  allow  its  continuance  after 

I   bearing  ofafAvonrite  rival,  and  thegeneral  will  be  essentially  served." 

I   "  My  (Joor  colonel,"  said  Oscar,  his  eyes  suddenly  sparkling,  "  do  yon 

tlilnk  nlie  has  been  imprudent  enough  to  conceive  a  partiality  for 

met"     "I  am  suns,"  said  the  colonel,  "that  is  a  question  I  cannot 

I   |>ositivelj  answer;  bnt  to  give  my  opinion,  I  think  from  her  gay 

1  vnofibnrmfu^d  innnner,  slifi  hjinot."    "I  suppose  not,  indecil,"  fj'.td 


110 


■  T, 


OKnr,  muurnfull  J  sighing,  "  whj  thea  sliould  I  be  &  guilt;  of  afaW 
homJ  fur  B  pQnua  who  in  already  indifferent  Id  nie  f  "  "I  have  tuld 
ji)u  my  reaioa,"  replied  the  colunel  coldlj.  "do  an  juu  please." 
They  were  now  both  silent,  but  ibe  uoDrer^alion  wts  hmd  rcnon-ed, 
&dJ  many  arguments  paused  on  both  side  OHcaHa  heart  secrelljr 
favoured  the  culonel's  plan,  as  it  prumlted  the  iodulgence  af  Adela'a 
Rooiety ;  tu  be  an  exile  from  Woodluwn  was  insupporluble  Ii>  bis 
lliDUghts.  reason  yielded  to  the  vehemence  of  paseioD,  and  he  at  liut 
fell  into  the  xnare  the  perfidiouH  Belgravo  had  spread ;  thus  by  a 
deviation  friiin  tnith,  forl'eiling  Iho  biuasing  a  boautaiiod  pmvideuce 
had  prepared  fur  liiin. 

Ob  I  never  let  the  child  of  integrity  be  seduced  from  the  plain  and 
nndeviating  path  of  sincerily ;  oh  I  never  let  him  hope  by  illicit 
means  to  attain  a  real  pleaBnre;  the  hope  of  obtaining  any  good 
throngh  snch  means  will  like  a  meteor  of  the  night,  allure  but  to 
deceive. 

Soon  after  this  fatal  promise  to  the  colonel,  a  self-devoted  victim, 
be  accompanied  him  to  Woodlawn  :  on  their  arrival  Mis9  Honey  wood 
was  in  the  garden,  and  Oscar  trembling  went  to  seek  her;  he  found 


my  »torj- — "  then  pausing  a  minute,  ho  Btarted  up,  "  no,"  continued 
he,  "I  Hiid  it  impossiblfl  to  tell  it~let  tbU dear,  this eatimnbtcol^oct, 
(drairiiig  n  aitnlnture  i>f  his  lister  rrom  liis  bdsumj,  npeak  fiir  me  mid 
declare,  wEiether  he  who  bvcn  tiui^h  a  beinp:  can  ever  lii»c  thnt  Inre, 
or  help  being  trrelched  at  knowing  it  is  without  hope."  AdtU 
soalched  it  hnstily  from  him,  and  by  n  andden  siarl  betraved  her 
gurprige :  words  are  indeed  ioadequnte  to  exprcM  her  heart-rending 
cmoiions,  as  she  contemplated  the  beautiful  oounlenanae  or  her 
iiunginary  rival ;  and  waa  Oicar  then — that  Oicar  whoa  she  sdorsd 
— wlios«  lisppiness  tihe  had  lioped  to  coiutitule — whose  fortune  ehe 
dtliahtud  to  think  the  should  wlvanee — really  attached  to  onotlier; 
■las  too  true  he  waa — of  the  artachment  &he  held  a  convincing  proof 
in  her  hand,  she  examined  it  again  and  again,  and  in  it«  inllil  beauljea 
tlionglitshebeh«ld  a  striking  proof  of  the  superiority  over  lliechnmu 
abe  tientetf  possessed ;  the  rosea  forsook  h«r  checks,  n  iiiist  nvengireutl 
her  eyes,  and  with  a  Khivcring  horror  she  dni]>i>ed  it  frtira  her  hand. 
Oscar  bad  quilted  the  arbour  to  conceal  his  a^fonii^s.  "  Well,"  said 
he,  now  returning,  with  forced  caliiinaiki,  "is  it  not  worthy  of  inspir- 
ing  the  passion  I  f«elt"  Unable  to  answer  liini,  s)ic  could  only  point 
to  the  place  where  it  lay,  and  hastened  to  th«  bouse.  "Swe«t 
imago,"  cried  Oscar,  taking  it  trom  the  ground,  "wljat  an  unworthy 
purpose  have  I  made  you  answer — alaal  all  in  now  over — Adela — my 
Adelal — Is  lost  for  ever — lost — ah  heaTensI  hud  I  ever  hopes  o( 
poaaeaslng  her — Oh  nu!  to  such  happiness  never  did  I  dare  to  look 
forward."  Adelo,  on  reaching  tlie  parlour  which  opened  into  tba 
garden,  found  her  father  there;  "Ab:  you  little  baggage,  do  I  act 
deserve  a  km  for  not  disturbing  your  tcte-u-lL-tel  Where  is  tltat 
young  rogue  Fitzalan;"  "1  beg,  I  CTilicnt,  sir,"  «aid  Adcla,  wl,os« 
teare  wmld  no  longer  b«  ««r:ii;!eil,  "jou  will  never  menlion  him 
npnln  to  i!io,  iiw  imich  l.ac  iilrviidy  1>ccil  stud  nbont  him."  "Nayt 
]<r'ytli«r,  my  liltlo  girl,"  cxetiiiincil  tlic  general,  rggnrding  her  witli 
«ur|>i'iac,  "eeiM  lliy  Mglis  and  tcni-s,  and  tell  me  what's  the  ninlter." 
"  1  Hill  hnrt,"  replied  slie,  In  a  voice  scarcely  articiihtle,  "  thntso  innch 
tiiw  U'uii  Miid  about  Mr.  FiUnlon,  who  1  con  never  rcgiird  in  any 
oiliiT  li(:lit  iluin  that  of  a  common  acqualniance."  The  colonel,  who 
liail  I'liriMtpvly  lingered  about  tlie  wood,  now  entereil,  Adcla  Htiirtcd 
And  pn.'r:i|iiliitely  retreated  tiirouuh  oiii^lher  dour: — "Fnitli,  my  deul 
fM-Wi,''  wiiJ  llio  gwioral,  "  I  tin  (jhid  you  arc  comfj,  Uie  boy  anil  j[ir 


Imre  had  b  littlo  skirmiili,  but  lilce  utlicr  Iutc  quarrels,  I  BUppose  it 
will  soon  be  made  up,  ao  lot  me  knuw  how  the  hid  bor«  the  snnouDCB- 
ment  of  his  good  fortuiie,"  '■  It  fllla  a  raiiimal  mind  with  regret," 
cidaimod  the  colonel,  oeoting  himself  graTnlj,  and  inwardly  rejoicing 
at  the  success  of  his  Etratagcm.  ''to  find  such  a  fatalitj  prevalent 
nmoDg  mankind,  as  makes  them  reject  a  proffered  good,  and  sigii  for 
UiaC  nhich  is  unattaiuublo ;  like  wayward  children  neglecting  their 
sports  1(1  pursue  a  rainbow,  and  weeping  as  the  airy  pageant  mocks 
tlieir  ftrasD."  "Very  true,  indeed,"  said  the  general,  "  vary  eicellent 
upon  my  word ;  I  doubt  if  the  chaplwn  ol'  a  regiment  ever  delivered 
such  a  pretty  piece  of  morality ;  but,  dear  colunel,"  laying  bis  band 
on  his  knee,  "  what  did  the  boy  eay  ?"  "  I  am  sorry,  sir,"  he  rejjlied, 
"  Iliat  what  I  have  ju^t  said  in  ao  applicable  to  him ;  lie  acknowledged 
the  lady's  meril,  citolled  her  generosity,  but  pleaded  a  prior  attach- 
iiieni  against  ncceplicg  your  offer,  whicti  even  one  more  eialted 
would  not  tempt  him  to  forego,  though  he  knows  not  whether  ha 
will  ever  succeed  in  it."  "The  devil  he  didt"  exclaimed  the  general, 
as  soon  as  rage  and  surprise  wijuld  allow  him  to  speak,  "  the  little 
imi^rtinent  puppy ;  the  nngraleful  young  dog !  a  prior  attachment — 


lis 


!.  and  the  dot 

in  tiJB  brciWt; 


a  delighl  lu  Umt 

1  proaperoua  kiid 

1  ifae  fii'Bt  tho 

H  or  700  th 


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l«e<1  her  ]iaMinn  fur  hint  wu  of  ths  tenderant  nnl 
|]tr»oH'  wirh  Imvin);  inspired  one  efiimllj  urdi 
oned  liy  ber  Tutlier,  alis  thought  it  wuuld  cum 
thcii  iJre^  and   looked  forward  irith  a  gonerou 
'idd  wben  sbe  should  render  ber  bei»ved  Fitiaiai 
Icpeftdent  1  the  ditappointmeDt  sbe  experienred, 
met,  «nt  hea'T  on  her  bonrt,  aod  the  ga; 
•  moisent  cloaded  by  melancholy ;   hut  her  pride  vtu  kt 
grcnt  an  ber  scnttibility.  ftud  08  its  powerful  Impulse  pervaded  her 
jnind,  she  resolved  to  afford  Oscar  no  triumph,  b;  letting  him  wit- 
her dojeotiun  ;  ihe  therefure  wiped  away  ali  tracei  of  learn  from 
eyes,  ched(cd  the  vain  sigli  Uiat  sti'ii^luil  at  htr  beiirt,  nod 
d  herself  witli  as  tniicb  attention  ea  ever;  her  heitvy  eyes,  hor 
lurless  checks,  however,  denoted  her  feelings  j  the  tried,  as  she 
table  to  appear  clieerl'ul.  hut  in  vain,  and  on  tlie  removal  of  the 
ith  immediately  retired,  an  no  ladies  were  pixaent, 
The  general  was  a  stranger  to  dissimulation,  and  as  he  no  lunger 
full,  he  no  longer  treated  O^car  witli  usual  kladiieaH;    when  )iate, 
trembling,  and  disordered,  lie  ap|>eared  before  hiin,  he  received  liiin 
frown,  an  air  scarcely  oonipiaisant;  ilii:'  increased  tlie 
itation  of  Oscar:  every  leeling  of  his  soul  was  in  coinniotion,  he 
longer  the  lite  of  the  eom|H»nyi  tlieir  hajipiuBss  and  mirth 
led  a  sttiking  contrast  to  liis  misery  t  ad  dejection ;  he  (vlt  a  fur- 
wretch,  a  mere  child  of  sorrow  end  dEpeoiI«nc«i  scalding  tear* 
;)ped  Chain  hjru  as  he  bent  over  Ids  plate,  be  could  have  cudumI 
iself  ftir  such  weakness;  fortunately  it  was  nnnoticed.    In  losfiift 
general's  attention  he  teemed  tu  luso  that  of  liie  (.'nests;  bis  tiiu- 
Wiim  grow  too  irkAinie  tn  be  borne;  he  row  nDmrr.rdod,  and  a  Hocrut 
impiiI>o  led  bim  to  t!ie  drawing  rooin.    livre  Adeln,  opprebsed  hy  the 
il^eclii'iioi  hcrlo^vspinl*,  had  tliiiig  liur^eii' uponawuch,  andgrudo- 
stink  into  a  nlumber.     Oscar  stepped  liylilly  forward,  und  (;u<i>d  on 
witb  a  tendemeiv  as  ei'iniute  as  a  motlier  woidd  have  fJl  in 
iwing  her  deeping  babe.    Her  cheek,  which  rented  on  her  fuir 
liand,  was  tinged  with  a  bhi.sh,  by  tlie  reflection  of  a  cnmsoD  curtrJi 
throngh  which  the  sun  darted,  and  the  traces  of  a  tear  were  yet  dis' 
cerrjble  upon  iL — "Keverl"  cried  OecAr,  with  folded  hands,  as  ^u■ 
hong  over  the  iotereetiog  figure.  "  never  may  any  tear,  excf' 
"  toft  NitiibUity  for  th« 


s  of  otliert,  bedew  th«  obndc  of  Adala 


— perfect  ai  ber  goodii«M  be  her  felicity — mayeveiybleMing  aatnam 
enjoys  be  rendered  permanent  bj  that  power  who  amilei  beniji^ly 
upoD  ianocence  lilce  herg. — Ob  I  Adula,  he  who  Dow  praji  for  yoat 
felicity,  Dei'er  will  lone  jour  idea  ;  be  will  cheriiili  it  in  his  heart,  to 
incli'Tate  his  eorrowa ;  and,  from  the  dreary  path  which  may  ba 
appiiinteil  for  him  to  treati,  iiometiniea  look  ba«k  to  happier  scenea." 
Adetn  began  to  Htir,  nhc  murmured  out  nome  inartinukte  wordi^  aod 
suddenly  rising  from  the  cuucb,  beheld  the  motionlenH  form  of  Fit*- 
alan ;  haughtily  regarding  him,  she  axked  the  meaning  of  Guch  ait 
iiitroHion.  "  I  did  nut  mean,  indeed,  to  intrude,"  laid  he,  "  but  when 
I  came  and  found  you,  cfiu  you  wonder  at  iny  being  fowiinatod  to  th* 
BI>ot  t"  The  plaintive  tone  of  hisvoioe  annk  deep  into  Adda's  heart; 
she  eighed  heavily,  and  turning  away  eoaled  herself  in  tlie  window. 
Oscar  loUowed ;  he  forgot  the  character  he  had  assomed  in  the  morn- 
ing, and  gently  seiiing  her  hand,  pre&scd  it  to  his  bo80tn:  at  IM* 
critical  luiiiute,  when  mutual  syinpatiiy  appearing  on  the  point  of 
triumphing  over  duplicity,  the  door  opened,  and  Colone!  Belgrave 
appeared.  From  the  instant  of  Oscar's  departure  lie  had  been  on 
Ihoi'na  to  follow  him,  fearful  of  the  cocisequences  of  a  t£te-il-t6te,  and 


not  ipeak,  bowed  to  Iho  general,  and  hurried  frum  the  room  ;  the 
tear»  bo  had  psinfuUv  nupprpBsed  gushed  forth,  and  at  tbe  buKom  of 
the  slaira  be  leaned  agaimt  the  bauiatem  fof  support ;  while  he  MBt 
his  eyes  around,  u  if  bidding  a  melnnoholy  farewell  to  the  scene  of 
former  happinera,  a  hitnty  fuutstep  advanced  ;  he  started,  and  wa* 
precipitately  retreating,  when  the  Toioe  of  tbe  butler  stopped  him; 
this  was  aD  old  veteran,  nnch  attached  to  Oscar,  and  his  osnal 
atteadant  in  all  hia  fowling  and  Gahing  parties;  as  he  waited  at  tea, 
he  beard  Oscar's  declaration  of  departing  with  gurprise,  and  fiilloited 
him  for  the  pnrpoae  of  eiprenaing  that  and  his  concern ; — ■'  Why,  lord 
now,  BIr.  Fiwalan,"  cried  he,  '■  what  do  you  meaD  hj  leaving  as  so 
oddly  t  Itut  if  you  are  so  positive  of  guing  to  Ennlskellcn  to-night, 
let  Tiie  order  a  standard  to  be  prepared  fur  yon."  Oscar  for  some 
time  bail  bad  the  command  of  the  stables ;  but  knowing  aa  he  did, 
that  ho  bad  lost  the  general's  favour,  he  could  no  longer  think  of 
taking  those  liberties  which  kindness  bad  once  invited  him  to:  be 
wrung  the  hand  of  bis  bumble  friend,  and  snatching  his  hat  from  tha 
hall  table,  darted  out  of  the  house ;  be  ran  till  be  came  to  tha 
mountain  path,  on  tiie  margin  of  the  lake;  "Never,"  cried  he,  dis- 
trarte^ly  striking  his  breast,  "  shall  1  see  her  again  I  ob  I  never,  never 
my  iraloved  Adala!  shall  yonr  unfortunate  Fitzalan  wander  with  you 
through  tliose  eacbsnting  scenes;  oh  I  how  transient  was  hid  gleam 
of  felicity  I" 

Exhausted  by  the  violence  of  bia  feelings  he  fell  into  a  kind  oi 
tarpid  state  against  the  side  of  the  mountain;  the  shadows  of  the 
night  were  thickened  by  a  coming  storm,  a  cold  blast  hunlud 
amongst  the  bills,  and  ogitatetl  tbo  glooniy  waters  of  tlie  lake;  the 
rain,  accumponiod  by  sImL,  began  to  fall,  but  tlie  tempest  raged  unre- 
garded around  the  child  of  sorrow,  tlie  wanderer  of  llie  night. — 
Adela  alone 


W^' 


■nded  every  tlionght.  Some  fishermen  approaching  to  secure 
boats,  drove  him  from  ths  aitoatioo,  and  he  flew  to  the  woodi 
which  screaned  one  side  of  the  bonse;  by  the  time  he  reached  it  th» 
storm  bad  abai«d,  and  tJie  moon,  with  a  wstury  lustre,  breaking 
IbmiJgh  the  cloads,  rendered,  by  her  feeble  rsj?,  tbe  surrounding  and 
Just  visibto. 


Aiicla'r  chamber  looked  into  the  wood,  and  the  light  frnm  it  riveb 
O.^nr  ta  a  Hprit  exactly  opfKigJie  the  -irlDdow.  "  Mj  Adeta,"  ha  « 
claimed,  extending  his  arms  ni  If  she  wuuld  have  heard  and  flura 
iuEii  them,  then  dejectedly  dropping  them,  "  abe  thinks  nut  oa  s 
lurlorn  wreti:h  an  me  :  oh  t  what  oomfort  to  laj  my  poor  dialrouled 
Lead  for  one  moment  on  her  euft  bosom,  and  hear  her  Rweet 
speuk  pity  U>  my  turtured  heart."  Sinking  iritb  iTeakaean  from  tha 
L'liDtiiutB  uf  hia  mind,  he  sought  an  old  rooflefts  root  house  in  tb«  emtr*' 
sf  the  wood,  whete  he  and  Adeia  had  often  sat. 

"  Well,"  Ksid  he,  as  lie  flung  ldni"elf  oti  the  dan.p  gronnd,  "  manf 
a  hrave  fellow  hos  had  a  worse  bed,  but  Giid  particularly  pmt«c<U 
Ihe  unnliellered  heail  of  the  soldier,  and  afflicted."  The  twittering 
of  the  birds  ronaei!  Iiini  from  an  uneasy  slumber,  or  rather  lethargy, 
into  vrlilcli  he  had  fallen,  and  starting  up,  he  iia«tcneil  ti>  the  nin^ 
fearful,  as  day  waa  beginning  to  dawn,  of  being  seen  by  an 
General  Honey  wood's  workmen  :  it  van  late  ere  he  arrlvwl  at  Eiinfc 
okellen.  and  befiiro  be  gained  Itia  room  ho  was  met  by  sonieuf  tha 
oflieer',  whn  viewed  him  with  evident  astonialitnent ;  his  rcgimcntab 
were  quite  spoiled,  his  line  liair,  from  which  the  rain  had-wulied  )ti< 
the  powder,  liung  dishevelled  about  his  siiouldors,  the  fcatlier  of  hit' 
bat  was  lm>ken,  and  the  disorder  of  his  countenance  wa«  no 
RUs|iicii>ns  Umn  that  of  his  dress ;  to  their  in<iniries  he  Btnminered  olK 
wunctliiiig  of  a  fall,  and  extricnted  himself  with  difficulty  from  tbem 
In  an  obncnra  village,  fifteen  miles  Irom  Ennishellen,  a  detaoliineni 
of  tbe  regiment  Iny;  the  otRcer  who  commanded  it  disliked  hisslttu^ 
tion  extremely,  but  conipany  being  irksome  to  Oscar,  it  was  Jiut' 
inch  an  one  as  he  dosired,  and  he  obtained  leave  to  relieve  him;  tha' 
agitation  of  his  mind,  aided  by  the  efibcta  of  the  storm  he  liad  be* 
exposed  to,  WAS  too  much  for  hia  constitution ;  immediately  i 
arriving  at  his  new  quarters  he  was  seized  with  a  violent  fever,  aa.- 
officer  was  oliligeil  to  be  sent  :o  do  duty  in  his  [dnee,  and  it  was  loof: 
ere  any  Bymptoiu  appeared  which  could  Halter  those  who  att" 
liim  with  ho[>es  of  recovery ;  wlien  able  to  sit  up  he  was  ordered  t» 
retiiru  to  Enniskellen,  wliere  he  conld  be  immediately  under  the  a 
of  the  regimenlnl  surgeon. 

Oscar's  servant  accom|>anied  him  in  the  canHage,  and  as  it  drow 
slowly  along  be  was  agreeably  surprised  by  a  view  of  Mrs.  HarlowA 
ordiard;  he  oonid  not  resist  tbe  wish  of  seeing  her  and  in 


n|b)umM  Telative  to  the  inhftbitnnti  of  Woodlawn  ;  for  with  Mm. 
nbrliitre,  I  shuuld  prcrioufitjr  sn;,  he  had  cot  only  furmvd  an  inti- 
nW'^v,  but  B  BiDoere  friendship ;  stie  was  a  womnn  of  the  must  pleiLsitif: 
B.^anncrH,  nnd  to  her  auperiuModin);  care  Ailela  wilb  imlvlited  fi>r 
Btun?  of  the  f^ces  the  posEeEsed,  and  at  her  cottage  passed  muny 
Bfclrchtful  hours  with  Oscar. 

I  ,  Tlie  evening  was  far  lulv.inivil  when  Oiicar  reached  III''  orchard, 
Hnd  leaning  on  liia  scrvntit  slowly  walked  np  the  hill.  Had  a  ^pcetio 
Klpi>eared  hofore  the  old  la<iy  site  cnnid  not  have  Buemcil  timro 
Iwncked  tlian  she  now  did  at  the  unexpected  and  eTiiaciatcil  nppcar- 
Enee  of  her  yoang:  friend — with  all  the  teiidemesa  of  a  fund  niulher, 
Bne  pn»sed  his  cold  Iianda  between  lier  own,  and  seated  lijni  by  the 
HbrcHiil  fire  which  blazed  on  her  hearth,  then  pruci'red  him  ref^C8l^ 
Rieiiu,  that,  joined  to  her  ronvenation,  a  liTile  ruvivtsi  hia  spirits ; 
Hj^  at  this  n1l>l^t^^t  tlie  recollection  of  the  tiri4  interview  he  evur 
^Xftd  with  her,  recurred  with  [inin  to  liU  heart;  "Oar  O'l^nda  at 
■Voodland  I  liojie,"  cried  Ijc,  he  i>nn*iid — hnt  his  (yes  eiprcascil  the 
BlKi|iiiry  his  tongue  was  unable  to  ituike. — "  They  are  wi-ll  and  Imjipy," 
H%liei1  Mrs,  Mwlowe,  "mid  yon  know,  I  snppiae,  of  all  tlmt  has 
^BUely  happened  there."  "Nu,  I  know  nothing,  I  am  as  one  awoke 
Bpntii  tlie  sliinditrs  of  the  grnve."  "Ere  I  inform  yoa  then,"  cried 
Hv«.  Vnrlowe,  "lut  me,  my  noble  Oscar,  express  my  approbation,  my 
JPrnlntlion,  of  your  conduct,  of  tliat  disinterested  natnre  which  pre- 
^■nvil  tha  prMervDtion  of  consbiney  to  the  splendid  Independency 
HfflSered  to  your  acceptance."  "  What  splendid  independency  did  1 
BkAise !"  Bskeil  Oscar,  wildly  storing  at  her.  "'Tliat  which  the  general 
Hffbred."  "Tlie  generalj"  "Yes,  and  appointed  Colonel  Oolgmvo 
BEd  declare  his  intentions."  "  Oh,  heftveni<  I"  exclaimed  0«ar,  sl.-irting 
Hnxn  his  chair,  "did  the  general  indeeil  form  such  intei<tiiins.  imd 
Uw  n»l^Tnve  then  deceived  nie!  he  told  me  my  attcnilous  to  MIsh 
HpiiDcywood  were  noticed  and  disliked — he  filled  my  sonl  wilh 
Btouttcralile  angubh,  and  persuaded  mo  to  a  f^sehood  w1ik)i  Una 
MluBifcd  me  into  despair !"  "  He  is  a  wonstor,"  cried  Mm.  ^lariowe, 
Bkftnd  you  arc  a  vicUm  to  Ms  trea^erj,"  "OIi,  mil  I  will  fly  lo  tlm 
■j^Dura]  nod  ojien  my  nhule  soul  to  him,  at  his  feet  I  will  dccliira  the 
^nliw  idvu  of  honour  which  misled  me,  1  shall  obtain  bid  forpvcncss 
Mnd  Adala  will  yet  be  mine,"  "  Alas !  my  child,"  said  Mm.  Mnrkiwe, 
Bkopp'*V  Him  a»  he  V^  n'.rrying  from  tJie  room,  "  it  is  now  too  late. 


Ad»U  can  uerer  be  jovn,  aha  is  mBiried,  v>(l  married  nnio  Bd* 
gnvp."  Oscar  aUggered  book  ft  few  pacea,  ottered  &  deep  BTOant 
and  Toll  MDselew  at  her  feet.  tin.  M&rlowe'*  criei  brought  in  hia 
aervitnC  ns  weU  aa  her  own  to  her  Msiitonce  i  he  was  laid  upon  a  bed, 
but  it  WHS  long  ere  he  showed  anj  aigus  of  recoverj:  at  length,  open- 
iog  hia  hearj  ejes,  be  sighed  deeplj,  and  exolaimed,  "  She  is  lost  to 

The  Berrant*  were  dumUaed,  and  the  teodet-bearted  Mra.  Mar- 
lowe knell  b«e)de  him.  "Uh,  my  fiiand,"  said  she,  "my  heart 
aympatltiEOa  in  yoar  sorrow,  but  'tis  from  your  own  fortitade,  mora 
tiian  my  syinpalhy,  yon  mnst  now  derive  resonrcee  of  snpport." 
"Oh  liorrililel  to  know  the  cup  of  happiness  waa  at  my  lips,  and 
that  it  was  my  own  luuid  dashed  it  from  me."  "Such,  alasl"  said 
Ure.  Uarlowe,  si^'hing  aa  if  tonched  At  the  moment  vrlth  a  similar 
pang  of  sell-re^ret,  "is  the  wayvrudness  of  morlals;  too  often  do 
they  deprive  themselves  of  llie  blessings  of  a  bouoteom  Proridenoa 
by  their  own  folly  and  imprudence — oh!  mj  friend,  bom  as  yoH 
were,  with  a  noble  ingennily  of  soul,  never  let  that  sonl  again  ba 
sullied  by  the  smallest  deviation  from  sincerity."      "  Do  not  aggr^ 


^weTer  thut  husband  may  b«:  or  that  tbe  old  general,  irho  so  fondly 
planned  your  folicily,  would  forgive,  if  be  could  Burfive  the  eviln  of 
tiou'w  occaoiiinoJ  by  you?"  The  aword  dropped  from  the  trem- 
bliof;  hand  of  Osoftr:  "  I  have  been  blamable,"  cried  he,  "in  allow- 
ing mrioti'  to  be  trunxporled  to  Rucb  an  eSTort  of  revenge ;  1  forfcoi 
Werjlhing  but  that;  and  a«  Ui  my  own  life,  deprived  of  Adfila,  It 
Bppenrit  »o  gloomy  as  lo  be  scarcely  worth  preBerving." 

Ui-H,  Uarlowe  aeiicd  Uii«  moTcent  nf  yiolding  aofbiMii,  to  iwlvisQ 
wd  resaoD  with  him :  her  l«ara  mingled  with  hia,  an  sliu  llstvoMl  to 
.  hi*  relation  of  Uelgrave's  perfidy ;  tears  augmented  by  rcSecting,  that 
'  Atlols,  tlie  darling  of  her  care  and  affections,  was  also  a  victjm  to  it: 
rabe  oonvinceil  Oscar,  however,  that  it  would  be  prudent  to  confine 
t  the  filial  secret  to  their  own  breasts.  Tbe  a^tation  of  his  mind  was 
-.too  tnuuh  for  tlie  weak  state  af  hia  health,  tbe  fever  returned,  and  he 
□niiUe  to  quit  tlie  cottage ;  Mrs.  Mnrlowe  prepared  a  bod  for  hiin, 
» tmaling  hu  would  soon  be  able  lo  rernoro,  but  slie  was  disappointed, 
,  it  W88  luiig  ere  Odcnr  could  qnit  the  bed  of  sickoess ;  she  watched 
r  him  with  maternal  teudernew,  while  he,  like  a  blasted  flower, 
.■Mmed  haetcniug  to  decay. 

The  general  was  atong  to  Iba  soul  by  the  r^ection  of  his  offer, 
^  which  be  thought  would  hove  inspired  the  sou]  of  Oscar  with  ropturo 
god  gratitude;  never  had  his  pride  been  so  severely  wounded,  never 
before  bod  be  felt  hnmbled  in  his  own  eyes  :  his  mortifying  reflec- 
tions the  colonel  soon  found  means  lo  remove,  by  the  most  delicato 
Sattery  and  tbe  mo«t  sasidaous  attention,  assuring  the  general  that  hi« 
conduct  merited  not  tlie  censure,  but  the  applause  of  the  world ;  the 
•ophistry  which  can  reconcile  us  to  ourselves  Js  tndy  pleasing,  the 
colonel  gradually  becoming  a  favonnlc,  and  when  he  insinuated  bis 
AttacliineDt  for  Adela,  was  asanred  he  should  bnve  all  the  general's 
Interest  with  lier;  he  was  now  more  anrions  than  ever  to  have  her 
sntageonsly  settled ;  there  wos  something  so  humiliating  in  llio 
idea  of  her  being  r^cct«d,  that  it  drove  him  at  times  almost  to  mad- 
nesB ;  the  colonel  possessed  all  the  advantages  of  fortnne,  but  these 
weighed  little  in  his  favour  with  tbe  general  (whose  notions  we  have 
eady  proved  very  disinterested)  and  much  lees  with  bis  danp'l.tdr ; 
.  an  the  first  overture  about  him  slie  re<|aested  the  subject  mi^lit  be 
•ntirely  d-opped,  tlie  mention  of  love  was  extreme!?  pwnfnl  to  her 
sroundod  bi  iior  di>iiippoiiil>nen(  in  the  •everwt  manner,  tier  heart 


hor;  she  now  resolveil  to  iafiinn  Fitzalaii  she  kjittw  the  baseness  ct 
Jiia  coDiliict,  and  sting  bis  heart  witb  keen  repronchoa,  now  rcsoived 
to  jia.-'s  it  over  in  silont  coute[n)it;  wliile  thiia  IlncCufttiiig  the  coloQel 
eofti;  advanced  and  stood  before  her ;  in  the  tumult  of  her  inind  ahs 
hail  quite  forgot  tlio  pntbobilily  of  his  returning,  (uid  invoinntarily 
Bcri'iiiaeil  and  started  nt  hiii  nppcarance ;  by  her  confusion,  she 
doubled  not,  bnt  he  would  suspect  her  of  liaviug  pcrnsed  the  (kisl 
letter;  oppressed  bj  tlie  idea,  her  head  sunk  on  her  bouoni,  aiid  Ler 
face  was  covered  with  blushes.  "What  a  careless  fellow  I  am,"  said 
the  colouel,  taking  op  the  letter,  which  he  then  pretended  U>  perceive  ; 
he  glnnced  nt  Adeln,  "  curse  it  I"  continued  he,  "  I  woald  rather  have 
had  all  the  letters  read  than  tlils  one."  lie  suspects  lue,  thought 
Adulo,  her  blusheii  faded,  and  ahe  fvll  back  i>u  her  !<eflt,  nnabio  to 
BUpi>ort  the  oppressive  i<1eA  of  bitvlug  acted  tigainst  the  rules  of  pro- 
priclj ;  IJolgrave  flew  to  support  her.  "  Lovelicat  of  women,"  he 
ezciaJ4r.ed,  witli  nil  the  softness  lie  could  assama,  ''what  means  tliii 
Bgitatlou  ?"  "  I  have  been  Buddeniy  affected,"  answered  Adela,  n 
little  recovering,  and  rising,  she  motioned  to  retnrn  to  the  houses 
"Thus,"  resumed  the  eoloncl,  "jou  nlwaj-s  fly  me;  but  go,  Uisa 


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pride  ur^eH  her  to  <i  step  vrtiic^li  wnuld  prove  to  Fitzalun  his  condnet 
had  Dol  affected  her:  iha  gnnernl  rejoiued  at  obtaining  her  eonBent,  ' 
and  received  a  protnise  tlmt  for  BOme  time  the  nuuld  not  be  eepo- 
d  from  hiin.  Tlie  mogt  splendid  preparations  were  made  for  the 
biptiala;  but  though  Aikla'a  resentment  remaioed  unabat«d,  she 
Nin  beg&t]  to  wisb  she  bad  Dot  been  so  precipitate  in  obejing  it-  an 
tvolantarj  repagnnnce  roee  in  lier  mind  against  the  cunnootiun  site 
m  Abont  forming,  and  honour  alone  kept  ber  from  dacliniog  it  for 
Her  beloved  friend,  Urs.  Uarluwe,  suppurted  her  throagboot 
ie  trying  oceasion,  and  in  an  inauspicions  moment,  Adela  ga-ve  her 
tnd  to  the  perfidious  Belgrave. 
^  AboDt  a  fortnight  after  her  nuptials  she  beard  from  some  of  tlia 
•i  of  Oscar'9  illness.  She  blushed  at  hie  name.  "Fuilli,"  cried 
on«  of  them,  "  Mrs.  Marlowe  m  a  chanoing  Woman ;  it  is  well  he  got 
into  8^<^h  snog  (luartcrs:  I  really  believe  elsewliere  he  would  have 
given  np  the  ghost."  "  Poor  fellow,"  sighed  she  heavily,  yet  without 
being  sensible  of  it.  Belgrnve  rose,  he  caught  tier  eyes,  a  dark  frown 
lowered  on  his  brow,  and  lie  looked  as  if  be  would  pierce  into  tbe 
KoDseea  of  her  heart;  she  shuddered,  and  for  the  first  time  felt  the 
tyranny  she  had  imposed  upon  herself.  As  Mrs.  Marlowe  chose  to 
t«  titeut  on  the  subject,  she  resolved  not  to  mention  it  to  her,  but 
■he  sent  every  ilay  to  Invito  her  to  Woodlawn,  eipeeting  by  this  to 
hear  something  of  Oscar,  but  she  was  disappointed.  At  tlie  end  of  a 
fortnight  Mrs.  Marlowe  made  her  appearance;  she  looked  pale  and 
thin.  Adela  gently  reproved  lier  Ibr  bcr  long  absence,  trusting  this 
woold  oblige  her  to  allege  the  reason  of  it;  but  no  such  tiling.  Hn. 
I  "Marlowe  began  to  converse  on  indifTerent  subjects:  Adela  suddenly 
V  peevish,  and  sullenly  sat  at  her  work. 

1  a  few  days  after  Mrs.  Marlowe's  visit,  Adolii,  one  evening  iinme- 

tely  after  dinner,  ordered  the  carriage  to  tlia  oittage.     l(y  tliis 

i  she  snpiHised  Oscar  had  left  it,  and  flattered  behsclf,  in  the 

e  of  conversation,  she  should  learn  whether  he  was  jHTfcerly 

Mvered  ere  he  dq>arted.     Progioaing  to  Eurpriso  her  frii'iiil,  ^he 

B  by  a  winding  patli  to  the  cottage,  and  softly  openwl  the  [larlimr 

1  bnt  what  were  her  feelings  when  she  perc«ived  Om-ht  silting 

_  _*  the  fire-side  with  Mrs.  Marlowe,  engncwl  iii  a  deep  ronvcrsaiiim  ' 

obe  stopped,  unable  to  advaneo.    rfrs.  Marlowe  cmbroci-'d  and  loJ 

her  fiirwnrd.     The  emotions  of  Oscar  were  cot  inf«rii>r  to  Adela's; 


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be  altemiitcd  to  ariso,  bnt  coiild  not.  A  glance  from  tli«  exi>rc'-^!v« 
eyes  of  ilrs.  Marlowe,  wliicli  seemed  to  conjure  bim  not  to  yield  to  A 
weatnesa  which  would  betray  tiis  real  sentinieatB  Ui  Adelft,  souiewhjit 
reanimaltiii  liim;  he  rose,  aud  trei]ibliD|;lj  upproacLed  her.  "Allow 
me,  iiiadaju,"  cried  he,  "  to  " —  The  seutence  died  noflniahcd  on  liU 
Iip9 ;  he  bad  not  power  to  ofTtr  con p-atiiUl  ions  oo  an  event  which 
hud  probdhly  destroyed  the  bappiuesa  of  Adela  as  well  as  bis  own, 
"Obi  a  tnicti  with  conipliment«,"  said  Mrtt.  Marlowe,  forcing  herself 
to  assume  a  cheerful  air;  "pritliee,  good  folks,  let  ua  be  seated,  and 
eitjuy,  this  cold  erentng,  tbe  comforts  of  a  good  fire."  She  fomed 
the  trembling,  the  almost  fainting  Adela  to  take  some  wine,  sod,  bj 
degrees,  tbe  lluttor  of  her  spirits  and  Osuar's  abated;  but  tbe  sadness 
of  their  countenances,  tbe  anguish  of  their  souls  increased;  the  cold 
formalitj,  tlie  distant  reserve  tliey  both  assumed,  filled  each  with 
sorrow  and  regret;  so  pale,  eo  emaciated,  so  wo-begoue  did  Pitzalaii 
appear,  so  much  the  son  of  sorrow  and  despair,  that,  bad  be  half- 
murdered  Adela,  abo  could  not  at  that  moment  have  fi;!c  for  biu  any 
other  sentiments  tlian  thoKe  of  pity  and  compassion.  Mrs.  Marlowe, 
in  a  laughing  way,  told  her  of  tlie  trouble  she  hod  had  with  him, 


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trill  Tsniab  long  before  mjurcbnrd  reaasumcs  ita  umiling  appearance, 
•nd  liaplj  attract  another  smart  red-coat  to  visit  an  old  wt>man." 
*■  Oh  1  with  wLat  an  enthusiasm  of  tendernep»,"  cried  Osoar,  ■•  gliall  I 
ever  remember  the  dear  though  dangerous  mumont  1  6rst  entered 
tbia  cottage'."  "Now,  no  flatter;,  Oscar,"  said  Mra.Marluwe;  "I 
know  3rour  fickle  sex  too  well  to  buliere  1  hare  made  a  deep  impres- 
■i.m ;  why.  the  very  first  fine  old  woman  you  meet  at  your  ensuing 
<)uarter»,  wiLl,  I  dare  tay,  have  similar  praise  bestowed  on  her  " — 
**  No."'  replied  he,  with  a  languid  smile,  '■  I  can  aesure  you  solemnly, 
tlie  impression  wbioli  has  been  made  on  my  heart  will  never  be 
effaced."  Ue  stdle  a  look  at  Adela;  her  bead  sunk  npon  her  bosorn, 
•nd  her  heart  began  to  beat  violently.  Mrs.  Marlowe  wished  to 
cliange  the  subject  entirely;  she  felt  tlie  truest  coriipiiaaioD  for  the 
unhappy  young  couple,  and  had  fervently  deaireit  their  Doiun;  bul 
■inoe  irrevooably  separated,  she  wished  to  clieck  a'ly  intiuiittiim  of  & 
mutual  attachment,  which  conld  now  answer  no  purpose  but  that  of 
Increasing  their  misery.  Bhe  rung  for  tea,  aud  onOeavoured  by  ber  ' 
oonversinloD  to  enliven  the  tea-table.  Tbe  ellbrt,  however,  was  not 
seconded.  "Ton  have  ofleu,"  cried  phe,  addresBing  Adela,  as  tlicy 
■gain  drew  their  chairs  round  llie  firo,  "  desired  to  hear  tlia  exact 
particulars  of  iiiy  life.  Unconquerable  feelings  of  regret  hitherto 
prevented  uy  acquiescing  in  your  di^ire;  but,  as  nuUiing  better  now 
ofTeni  fur  passing  away  the  hours,  I  will,  if  you  please,  relate  thera." 
"Yon  will  oblifg  ine  by  so  doiug,"  cried  Adela j  "my  curiosity,  yoo 
taow,  Ima  been  ciciied." 


CUAPTEK    Xin. 


To  begin  then,  oa  they  say  in  e  novel,  without  ftinhpr  prefncy. 
was  ihe  only  child  of  a  country  curate,  in  Ihe  Mnlliorn  pari  <,I 
Gugland,  who,  like  his  wife^  wns  of   a  good  but  reduced  family. 


Contorted  dispositions,  and  an  agreeable  neighbourhood,  randy  «mi 
<^very  uuciuiun  to  oblige  them,  rendered  them,  in  their  humbla 
Bilualjoii,  cuiaplctelj  happj,  I  iras  the  idol  of  both  their  heart*. 
Every  one  lold  my  mother  1  should  gruw  up  a  beauly.  and  she.  poor 
flimple  woman,  believed  the  flattering  tale ;  naturally  ambitious,  and 
nomewhnt  romantic,  she  expected  nothlog  teas  than  nty  attaining  by 
my  ctinrms  bo  elevnied  situation ;  to  fit  me  for  it,  therefore,  according 
to  her  idea,  she  gave  mc  all  the  showy,  instead  of  solid,  adraotagea 
of  education  ;  my  father  being  a  meek,  ur  rather  an  indolent  man, 
submitted  entirely  to  her  direction :  tfans,  witbeut  knowing  tbo 
Iframmaticol  part  of  my  own  language,  I  was  tangl.t  *o  gabble  bad 
Fri.'n<.'h  by  herself,  and  instead  of  mendiug  or  making  n.y  clotheis  to 
lioiirish  upon  culgut  and  embroider  satin;  1  was  taught  dai^eing  by 
u  MiHii  iiJio  kept  a  chenp  school  for  that  purpose  in  liie  Tillage; 
luusii:  I  could  iu>[  a-'inre  to,  my  mother's  finances  being  insufficient  to 
I'DTL'liaie  an  instrnmeut;  she  was  therefore  obliged  to  content  herself 
Willi  my  knowing  t!io  vocal  part  of  that  delightful  science,  and 
i;uitructed  me  in  singing  a  few  old-fo^LioQcd  airs,  with  a  thousand 
graces^,  in  her  ojiinion  at  IciLst. 

J  make  ma  excel  by  my  drpsp,  i»  well  as  my  accomplish irienta. 


jUw  pklinuiioD  of  Diy  lieort  nt  Lin  approucb:  oi-cry  girl  expurieiiced 
tin-  aemo,  ercry  diuek  w.ib  flu.'!ieil,  ni>il  averj  eye  spnrkleil  with  Lop« 
■rd  expectation,  IJu  wuikwl  rouiiJ  tbe  rtwiii  *il.li  aii  easy  and 
uiienibBrrassed  air,  u  if  to  taken siirvi-y  of  tlie  siniipsD]';  Le stopped 
by  a  very  prelty  girl,  Uie  railler's  dangiiiur.  Good  Leuvcns!  what 
yren  my  agonies;  my  mother  too,  wlio  eat  b««itl<:  iite,  birncd  pnie, 
aud  would  actually,  I  Lielieve,  hnve  f4ilDted,  liad  La  taken  any  lortlier 
notice  of  liei'.  Fortunately  he  did  not,  but  advaBced;  my  eyea 
cunglit  his;  be  again  paosed,  looked  cmrpi-tsed  and  pleased,  and,  after 

■  inonient  ];ik?sod  in  seeming  consideration,  bowed  with  the  ntmost 
cleganoe,  aud  rei^QeBted  tbe  bononr  of  my  hand  for  the  ensuing  danca. 
My  politeness  had  hitherto  been  only  in  theory ;  I  arone,  dropped 
hitn  a  profound  courtoiy,  a«snred  him  the  honour  would  be  all  d 

I  my  aide,  «nd  1  was  happy  to  grant  his  reqnest.  He  Bniile<^  thought 
ft  little  ofulily,  and  conglied  to  avoid  iaiigliiog.  I  bliialieil,  and  felt 
eiiibarrassecl,  but  he  led  mo  to  the  bead  of  the  room  to  call  a  donco, 

<    snd  my  trinmpli  over  my  conipuuioDd  so  eihilurated  my  spiiila,  t 
J  immediately  lost  all  cuiifuaioii. 

1  bod  been  engaged  lo  a  yoitiig  liii'incr,  ai:d  ho  was  enraged,  not 
Auly  at  my  breaking  my  engi^iuent  without  his  permission,  but  at 

'  the  superior  grai'es  of  my  partner,  who  threatened  to  be  a  formidable 
rival  to  Iiiia.  "By  jingo;"  swd  Clod,  coming  up  to  me  in  a  aurly 
mauner,  "  I  think,  Miw  Fanny,  yon  lutve  not  used  me  genteelly ;  T 
don't  see  wjiy  this  berelitio  spark  should  lake  the  h-att  of  us  a. 

I  "Cr«iiure!"  cried  I.  with  an  ineilablo  look  ui  ooiitcn.pt  which  ha 
C'lld  not  bear,  and  retired  fnuublinfi;.  Uj  partner  could  uo  longer 
TOfrai;)  IWtm  laughing  ;  the  .'invplicity  of  my  mnnuere,  notwitli- 
dlanding  the  airs  I  (^udcavou^ed  to  assume,  highly  delighted  him. 

■  •■No  •■onder,''  wied  he,  "'the  poor  swain  sliouid  be  mortified  at 
'lobing  the  band  of  his  ciiarmiog  Fanny." 

'fbe  dancing  over,  we  rcjoiaed  iny  mother,  who  was  on  Iborns  ta 
-begin  a  canveraatioii  with  the  stranger,  that  alio  inigbt  let  hintltn 
we  were  not  to  be  ranked  Willi  the  present  company.  "  I  am  si 
'  tir,"  said  she,  "a  evntlcman  of  your  elegwit  appearance  miiat  i 
rather  awkward  in  tlie  present  party;  it  is  so  with  m,  aa  indeed  it 
u.iist  bo  with  evury  person  of  fashion ;  but  in  on  obscum  Utile  villa^ 
I  tike  this,  «  u  muet  nut  be  loo  nice  in  our  society,  except  like  n  hermit, 
weoiinld  do  wlihout  any."     Tlie  slinngcr  oMcctoil  lo  whiilcver 


Baiit,  and  accepted  an  iovitatina  to  sup  nith  us;  my  mother  insUntl; 
RCiit  an  iutiniation  of  her  will  to  my  father,  to  have,  not  the  rBttr>d 
calf  iadeeJ,  but  the  fatted  duck  prepared :  aod  he  and  the  maid  used 
sucli  eipodilion,  that  hy  the  time  we  returned,  a  neal,  oiniiftirUihla 
snpper  wm  ready  to  lay  on  the  table.  Mr.  Marlowe,  the  Btranger's 
name,  as  !ie  iufonned  as,  was  all  aniiuatiun  and  affiihility ;  it  is 
uunecosaary  to  say  thai  my  mother,  fatlier,  and  myself,  were  nil  ooiii- 
plaiiiance,  delight,  and  attention.  On  departing,  he  asked,  and 
obttuneU  permifision  of  conrsa  to  renew  his  risit  next  day,  and  mj 
raotln>r  immediately  Bet  him  down  as  her  fiitnre  son-in-law. 

As  everything  is  speedily  communicated  in  such  a  small  village  as 
WQ  resided  in,  wo  learned,  on  the  preceding  evening  he  had  Btopped 
at  the  inn,  and  hearing  music,  lie  hod  iniinlred  from  whence  it  pro- 
Qec<lei1,  ^d  had  gone  oat  of  cnrio«ty  to  the  dance;  we  also  learned 
that  his  aliuiidants  rejx>rted  him  to  l>e  heir  to  a  large  fortune.  This 
report,  vain  as  I  was,  was  almost  enough  of  itself  to  engage  mjr 
heart.  Judge  then,  whether  it  was  not  an  ea^y  conqnest  to  a  person 
who,  hesides  Ilio  ahove  meutioDed  attraction,  poesesscd  those  of  a 
gritcefii!  figure  and  cultivated  ruiiid.     IIu  visited  contiaually  at  our 


Uifartanatc  Tanit^'  bt^trnyod  tlie  secret  it  iras  eo  nmterLnl  for  me  to 
uep;  I  burnpd  inili'cJ  tu  njveaJ  it;  ono  morning  a  yuuu^  ;;irl,  itlio 
nd  bcea  aa  iotimaM  ocr[uaiataDco  of  mine  lill  I  luew  Murluwe, 
■ICO  to  see  me :  "  Why  Faacf,"  cried  she,  "  you  bave  given  m  all  up 
M  Ur.  Unrlowe ;  tuke  ciire,  my  denr,  Jie  niukes  yuu  amende  tbr  the 
JEMB  of  aU  jour  friends."  "I  sJiall  take  yoor  advice,"  eiaid  I,  with  a 
jpi]l«  and  a  conueited  tuss  of  my  head.  "Futfa,  for  my  part,"  cou- 
iniied  she,  "I  think  you  were  very  foolish  ont  ti>  secure  a  good 
Mtlement  for  yonrself  with  Clod."  "  With  Clod !"  re[>«ute<l  I,  with 
lie  ntmoBt  haughtiness;  "  Lord,  child,  yoa  forget  who  I  ami"  "  Whw 
ttvyonl"  exclaimed  she,  provoked  at  my  insolence;  "oh  ym  I  to  ha 
be  I  forget  tltst  you  are  the  daughter  of  a  pour  country  caruti% 
rith  more  pride  in  your  head  thao  money  in  your  jinrse."  "  Neither 
fc  I  forget,"  said  I,  "  that  your  ignorance  is  equal  to  your  iniperti- 
Mnce.  If  I  am  the  daughter  of  a  poor  country  curate,  I  am  the 
UBsnced  wife  of  a  rich  moo,  and  as  much  elevated  hy  expectutiou,  aa 
biriti,  above  you."  Our  conversation  wns  repeated  throughout  tha 
Bulage,  and  reached  the  eara  of  Harlowe'a  attendant,  who  instaully 
nreloped  the  real  motive  whicli  detained  him  eo  long  in  the  village; 
H  wrote  to  hia  uncle  an  account  of  the  whole  affair.  Tlie  conse- 
penoe  of  this  waa  a  letter  to  poor  Marlowe,  full  of  the  bitterest 
igtroacliea,  cliarging  Liui,  without  delay,  to  return  homo.  Tliia  wai 
|k<  a  Ihunderslrolte  to  us  all,  but  there  was  no  alternative  between 
weying,  or  forfeiting  his  uncle's  favour.  "I  fear,  my  dear  Fanny," 
■ied  he,  tta  he  folded  me  to  his  bosom,  a  little  before  his  departure, 
Fjt  will  be  long  ere  we  shall  meet  ag^n  :  nay,  I  also  fear,  I  ehoU  W 
jUiged  to  promise  not  to  write ;  if  both  tliese  fears  are  realized, 
npnte  not  either  absence  or  siienca  to  a  want  of  the  tendcr&st 
BKtion  for  you."  He  went,  and  with  him  all  uiy  Lap|iineHB.  Uy 
■other,  shortly  after  his  departitre,  was  attacked  by  a  nervous  feriT, 
Hiiuh  tcrmioated  lier  days;  my  thther,  naturally  of  wea!;  i]iirit6aud 
pUeatc  constitution,  was  so  shocked  by  tlie  sudden  deatli  of  his 
muiett  and  fuithAd  companion,  that  he  sunk  ben<jath  his  grief.  Tlie 
Frnm  of  my  mind  I  cannot  describe;  I  seemed  to  stand  atnuc  in  tht 
n>rlil,  without  one  friendly  hand  to  prevent  my  sinkiag  into  tha 
Mve,  wliicli  cnntjdaed  the  dearest  objects  of  my  love.  1  did  not 
umr  where  Marlowe  live'l,  Bod,  even  if  I  had,  durst  not  venture  an 
B|.hMti.in.  nl.i.-h  .itii,'lil  Ijo  iIi«  tnenti* of  niinins  t-im.     Tlie f-U^m of 


my  npighboars  1  had  forfeited  by  my  conceit ;  they  paid  no  attention 
but  wlint  cammun  humanity  dictated,  merely  to  prevent  my  periah- 
ing ;  and  thnt  the;  mnde  me  i^enHiblj  feel.  In  thia  dlstrca^  I  received 
AH  invitation  from  a  school* fellow  of  mine,  who  had  maj-rieil  it  rich 
amier,  about  forty  miles  from  onr  village,  to  take  np  my  residcnc« 
■with  her,  till  1  was  anlHciently  recovered  to  fii  on  some  plan  for 
fhtnre  Bubsislence.  I  gladly  accepted  the  nlTer,  and  afler  paying  a 
Airewell  visit  to  the  grave  of  my  regretted  parents,  I  set  off,  in  th« 
cheapest  conveyance  I  could  find,  to  hci  liahitatioD,  with  all  my 
wordly  treasure  packed  in  a  portmanteau. 

With  my  friend  I  trusted  I  should  enjoy  a  ealra  and  hopjiy  asylam, 
till  Marlowe  was  able  to  fulfil  his  promise,  and  allow  me  to  reward 
her  kindnesa ;  but  this  idea  she  scon  put  lo  flight,  by  informing  me, 
U  roy  health  rettimed,  I  most  tliiok  of  some  method  for  supporting 
niysclf.  I  started,  as  at  the  ntter  annihilation  of  all  my  hopes,  for 
vain  and  ignorant  of  the  world,  I  imagined  Marlowe  would  never 
think  of  me,  if  once  die^graced  by  servitude.  I  tu)d  her  1  nnderstood 
but  little  of  anything,  except  faney  work;  she  was  particularly  glad, 
she  said,  to  hear  1  know  that,  ns  it  would  in  all  probability,  gain 


CntLDRE\  OF  Tfll  ABBEr.  Ul 

fDmml  plantatioDB ;  two  aUtueB,  aa&t  id  the  Bamc  mould,  and  raaem' 
bling  DotbinK  either  in  beaven,  earth,  or  tea,  stood  grinning  horriblj 
upon  the  pillars  of  a  miteBir  gute,  as  if  to  guard  the  entrance  from 
KtepertiDeDt  iotruBion.  On  knocking,  an  old  porter  appeared.  I  gftTS 
m  my  mriuiagf,  but  he,  like  (he  atatues,  eecmed  BtalionHr;,  ind 
Wld  not,  I  believe,  have  ntirred  from  his  situation  to  deliver  ut 
DbniiBj  from  the  king ;  ho  called,  however,  to  a  domestic,  nbo  hap 
ining  to  be  a  little  deaf,  waa  full  half  an  hour  before  he  heard  him 
.1  IBi^t  I  WM  ijihered  up  stairs  into  an  apartment,  from  the  heat  of 
e  might  have  conjectured  it  was  under  the  torrid  zone; 
longh  in  the  middle  of  Jul;,  a  heavy  hot  fire  burned  in  the  grat«;  A 
lick  carpet,  representing  birds,  beasta,  and  flowers,  was  spread  OH 
te  floor,  ood  the  windows,  closely  serewed  down,  were  heavy  with 
ood-work,  and  darkened  with  duet;  the  master  and  mistress  of  llie 
IBnsion,  like  Derby  and  Joan,  sat  in  arm  chairs  on  each  aide  of  the 
re;  three  dogs  and  as  many  cats  slumbered  at  tbeir  feet;  be  was 
■ning  on  a  spider  table,  pouring  over  a  Toluminous  book,  and  she 
w  atitching  ■  conuteqione.  Sickness  and  ill-nature  were  visible  ia 
Ji  ooonteuance,  "Sol"  said  she,  raising  nhiige  pair  of  speotaclus  at 
If  eatntnce,Budeiainini[igmerrom  headtofoot,  "ytiu  arecomu&\»n 
[n.  Wilson's:  why,  bltr^  me,  rl'Kl,  you  are  quite  too  young  for  any 
uinesa — prny  what  Is  your  iiHiut-,  and  where  did  yon  co(ne  frorat" 
ir>»  preiiareil  for  tiiese  quention^,  and  told  her  tlie  truth,  only  con- 
BtJiog  my  real  name,  and  the  place  of  my  nativity.  "  Well,  let  me 
I  thoM  works  nf  jour«i,"  cried  she.  I  produced  them  and  tJiQ 
peotodes  were  again  drawn  down.  "  Why,  they  are  neat  enough,  to 
•  sore,"  said  she,  "  but  the  design  is  bad,  very  hod  indee<l :  there  is 
itel  there  ts  execntion!"  directing  me  to  some  pictnrea  in  heavy 
It  frames,  hung  round  the  room.  I  told  her,  with  sincerity,  I  had 
irer  seen  any  thing  like  them.  "To  be  sure,  child,"  exclaimed  she; 
eased  at  what  she  considered  admiration  in  me,  "'tis  numiog  a 
eat  risk  lo  take  yira,  but  if  yon  think  you  cnn  coiifonn  tc  the  regu- 
SonB  of  my  house,  I  will  fkim  compasaion,  and  as  yon  are  reconi- 
iended  by  Mrs.  Wilson,  venture  to  engage  you ;  but  remember,  I 
)Ht  have  no  gad-ahont,  no  fly-flapper,  no  cluillerer  in  my  family ; 
D  toast  be  decent  in  your  dresa  and  carriage,  discreet  in  your  words, 
iduatrlona  at  your  work,  and  satisfied  with  the  indulgence  of  foiog 
jchnrolionSnniiuy."  I. saw  I  was  about  enteringon  a  painful  servi 
ide.  hut  the  idet  of  it*  being  nwretaued  by  tlie  »vki'(u1V\'^  q^  >Lu- 


lowc.  a  little  rccooclled  ma  to  it.  On  promiainj^nll  she  desired,  everjr- 
thing  vta  settled  for  m;  admiMiou  into  her  familj,  nnd  ebe  look  care 
1  should  perform  the  promises  I  inado  her.  I  shall  not  recapitulat« 
the  Tarlous  trials  I  underwent  from  her  BUfit«ritj  and  pecvishnusB; 
suffice  It  to  en;,  mj  patience,  as  w«ll  as  taste,  undenrent  a  pi^rfect 
miirtirrdom.  I  was  continuallj  seated  at  a  frame  working;  pictures 
of  her  owTi  inTention,  which  were  everything  that  was  hideous  in 
nature.  1  wad  never  allowed  to  go  out,  eicept  on  a  Sunday  to  church, 
or  on  a  thaucB  evening  when  it  wan  too  dark  to  distinguidli  colours. 

Marlowe  was  absent  on  m;  entering  the  fajnily,  nor  durst  1  oak 
when  ho  was  expected.  My  health  aod  spirits  grodu&lly  decUncd 
from  my  close  confioement;  when  allowed  as  1  have  before  eoid  a 
ohanee  time  to  go  out,  instead  of  enjoying  tlie  fresh  air,  I  sat  doim 
to  weep  over  scenes  of  former  happiness.  1  dined  constantly  with  bha 
old  housekeeper.  Slie  informed  tne,  one  day,  tliat  Mr.  Marlowe,  her 
master's  young  heir  who  had  been  absent  some  time  on  a  visit,  vas 
6i|iected  Lome  on  the  ensuing  day.  Fortunately  the  good  dame  waa 
too  busily  eni|iloyeU  to  notiee  my  aptation.  I  retired  as  soon  aa  poa- 
sible  from  the  table,  in  a  state  of  indesci-ibable  pleaiinre.  Never 
shall  1  forL'ut  my  emotions  wlien  I  hennl  the  trampling  of  his  horse'* 


cniLDBis   or   rum  jcb«t.  133 

^embling  Qiouae,  The  raptures  the  old  lodj  eiprcucU  at  accing  her 
It  derign  bo  ftblj  executed  encouraged  me  to  ask  pcrmisKino  M 
amWoidor  a  picture  of  my  own  designing,  for  irhioh  I  had  oilks  Ijing 
b;  mo.  Sb*  complied,  and  I  sat  about  it  witli  alaccitjr.  I  copied mjr 
bee  and  figure  u  eiactlj  as  1  could,  acid  iu  moumiog  draperj  and 
ft  peneive  altitude,  placed  the  litUe  image  hj  a  ru»tic  grave  in  tha 
dinrcL  yard  of  mj  native  village,  at  tbe  bead  of  wiiiuh,  tiolf  eiubow- 
lend  in  treea,  sppe&red  tbe  lowly  cottage  of  iny  departed  paronU; 
&e  well-kouwn  objects,  I  thoQgbC,  would  revive,  if  indeed  she  waa 
ftbs«nt  from  it,  the  idea  of  |>Dor  Fanny  io  the  mind  of  Uarluwe;  I 
preseoled  tbe  picture  to  my  mistress,  who  was  i>lcased  with  the  pres- 
ent, and  promised  to  have  it  trained.  Tbe  next  day,  wliile  I  sot  at 
'  dioDer,  the  door  suddenly  opened,  and  Uarlowe  entered  the  room.  I 
ILought  I  sboidd  have  fainted ;  my  companion  dropped  her  knife  and 
ibrk,  with  great  precipitation,  auU  Marlowe  told  ber  he  was  very  ill, 
■nd  wauled  a  cordial  from  ber.  She  rose  with  a  dissatisiivd  air  to 
comply  with  bis  request  He,  taking  this  opportunity  of  approaobing 
ft  little  nearer,  darted  a  glance  of  pity  and  tenderness,  and  solely  wliis- 
pered.  "To-oight,  at  eleven,  meet  me  iu  the  front  parlour."  Y<iu  may 
conceive  bow  tArdily  the  hours  passed  till  the  apiHiinted  time  came, 
when  stealing  to  the  parloar,  I  found  Uarlowe  expecting  me ;  ba 
folded  me  to  liia  heart,  and  hia  tears  mingled  v-Uli  nunc,  as  1  relutod 
my  mcbinuholy  tide.  "You  are  now,  tny  Fanny,'  lie  cried,  "entirely, 
minel  dcprivedof  the  protection  of  your  tender  jioitiita,  I  sballendea^' 
our  U>  fulfil  the  sacred  trust  tbey  reposed  ia  my  bonour,  by  securing 
iDiD«  to  you,  as  far  osIil'j  in  my  power.  I  wosiiotiiiistakeu,"  conlin- 
oed  h«,  "in  the  idea  I  bail  formed  of  the  treatment  1  bbould  receive 
Irom  my  flinty-beorted  relations  on  leaving  yon.  Had  I  not  promised 
to  drop  all  corresixiudence  with  you  I  must  have  r('tiuqui^bud  all 
bopca  of  tlieir  favour.  Bitter  indeed,"  cried  he,  while  a  tear  started 
in  bis  eye,  "is  tbe  bread  of  dependenoe;  ill  contd  my  soul  sub- 
mit to  llie  indiguities  I  received ;  but  I  consoled  myself  through- 
out Uieiti,  by  the  idea  of  ftitnre  happiness  with  my  Fanny,  Had  I 
known  ber  situation  (wliicb  indeed  it  was  impossible  I  should,  aa  my 
cnctu's  Hpy  attended  iito  wlierever  1  went,)  do  dictate  of  pntdeoct 
would  have  prevented  my  flying  to  her  aid!"  "  Thank  lieavca,  then, 
you  were  ignorantiif  il,"  «tid  I.  "Jty  aunt,"  be  proceeded,  "sliowed 
lue  yiur  work,  IsTisbirig  IliS  bitbesl  eni-oitiiiiini  on  it.    I  glsuwl  mj 


134         caiLDEiM  or  tbi  asset. 

eje  cnrelaBslj  upon  it,  but  in  »  inoment,  how  wu  tbat  careless  eyt 
sttrtwoted  by  tlie  wel!-knowD  objecta  presnnted  to  it  I  This,  I  said  t 
my  heart,  can  only  be  Faonj'g  work.  I  tried  to  discoTor  from  mj 
KUDt  vhelher  nij  conjectures  irere  vrong,  but  nithoat  encceM. 
When  I  retired  to  dress,  1  aaked  my  Herrnnt  if  there  had  been  any 
addition  (o  the  fiimily  during  my  ahsence.  ile  auld  a  young  iroman 
iros  hired  to  do  fine  norks,  hut   she   never   appeared   auiuog   tha 

Marlowe  proceeded  to  say,  "bo  could  not  bew  I  should  longer 
oontiune  in  servitude,  and  that  wilhoDt  delay  he  was  reaolved  to 
unite  Jiia  fate  to  miue."  I  opposed  this  resolotion  a  little,  bnt  soon, 
too  self-ill ttret-t«d  I  fear,  acqoiesced  in  it.  ll  was  agreed  I  should 
inform  his  aunt  my  health  would  no  lunger  percnit  my  cuotiiining  in 
her  family,  and  that  I  shoold  retire  to  a  village  six  milaa  o^  where 
Uartowe  undertook  to  bring  a  yonng  clergyman,  a  partioular  friend 
of  his,  to  perforin  the  (ceremony.  Our  |>lun,  as  settled,  w^s  carried 
>ntO  execution,  and  1  became  the  wife  of  Horlowe.  I  was  now,  you 
will  suppose,  elcvate<l  to  the  pinnacle  of  iiappiness.  I  was  so,  itideed, 
Liut  my  own  folly  iireciii'lated  me  from  it.  The  secrecy  I  win  imiiii« 
pelled  to  Observe  nmrlilied  nie  exceedingly,  aa  1  panted  to  emerge 


T 


EN-     OF    THE     ABB  tr.  135 

iBpIetely,  by  asEuming  nil  the  sire  I  had  heretofore  bo  ridiuuloUBl; 
~:  to;  lolling  in  my  chnir,  with  nn  air  of  the  moft  careless  indjf' 
I  I  bid  her  no  longer  peirifj  nie  with  her  discourse.  Thi« 
d  all  tJie  violonee  of  rage,  aud  she  plainly  told  me,  "  from  my 
rt  with  Murlown,  I  wna  unworthy  her  nutit'e."  "  Therefore," 
i  I,  forgetting  every  dictate  of  prudence.  "  hia  wife  will  neither 
n  future."  "  His  wife  1 "  site  repeated,  with 
I  look  of  seorti  and  incredulity.  I  proilnced  lie  certificate  of  my 
Miriago:  Ihos,  from  an  impnlue  of  vanity  and  resen Im en t,  putting 
i\{  ID  tbe  power  of  a  woman,  a  stranger  to  every  liberal  fueling, 
whose  mind  wsa  inSamed  witli  envy  towards  me.  The  hint  1 
reed  myself  at  parting  to  givo  her,  to  keep  the  affair  a  secret,  only 
Keruiincd  her  innro  strongly  to  reveal  it.  The  day  after  ber  visit 
arlowe  entered  my  appartincnt.  Faic,  agitated,  and  hreathleea,  be 
tnk  into  H  chair;  a  pang  like  conscioas  guilt  smote  my  heart, 
[  I  trembled  os  I  approacljed  him.  Ue  repulsed  me  when  I 
impted  to  touch  his  liand;  "Cruel,  inconsiderate  woman,"  he 
said,  "to  what  drcadl\il  lengths  has  yonr  vanity  hurried  you,  it  has 
ilratm  destruction  njion  yonr  bead  as  well  as  mine."  SImme  and 
remorse  tied  my  tongne;  had  I  spoken,  indeed,  I  could  not  have  fin* 
[floated  myself,  and  I  turned  aside  and  wept.  Marlowe,  mild,  tender, 
HBd  adorin;,',  could  not  longer  retain  resentment ;  ho  started  from  hia 
Hfa^r,  and  clasped  ine  to  his  bo»oin.  "Oh  Fanny!"  lie  cried, 
HPtliongh  yon  liave  mined  mc,  yon  are  still  dear  as  ever  to  me." — 
Hpis  tenilomeBS  aileoied  ine  oven  more  than  rcproaclict,  and  tears  and 
Hilgbs  declared  my  penitence.  Uis  expectations  relative  to  his  uncle 
Bfcere  Bnally  de«troreil  on  being  informed  of  our  marriage,  which  Mrs, 
RVilliion  lost  no  time  in  telling  him.  He  barned  bis  will,  and  immedi- 
■Aaly  modu  another  in  favour  of  a  distant  relation.  On  hearing  this 
^fttelligeiico,  I  was  almost  distracted;  I  flung  my.-«lf  at  my  husband'e 
Bket,  imploring  bis  pardon,  yet  declaring  I  could  never  forgive 
Bbyself.  He  grew  more  composed  npon  tbe  inoroafo  of  uiy  agitation, 
^b  if  ptirposely  to  suotlie  my  »pirit«,  assuring  mo  that,  though  liis 
Bj^tde's  favor  v/aa  lost,  he  bad  other  friends  on  whom  he  greatly 
^■^wDded.  We  set  off  for  London,  and  fonnd  bis  dependence  was  not 
B9  ptno^d :  for  soon  after  our  arrival,  bti  obti^ned  n  [il^toe  of  eonsidcra* 
■b  emoluDient  in  one  of  the  public  offices.  Uy  hnsbnnd  dclight.^d  in 
Bk>l>li''"B  ""-'i  U'cngli  I  ^1^  "11';"  t'vlli  I'xtravfigiini  umi  wLinL-ieal,  auj 


13iJ 


l[  ILD 


n  F     TUB 


n  D  esr 


almost  ever  ou  tbo  map  for  admiration  and  aunuernent.  1  Hm  reck- 
ODud  a  pretty  womaQ,  and  recuived  ivitli  rupture  die  uo&seiiDe  acd 
aduIntioD  addreased  to  me.  I  bocaice  acquainted  with  ayonng-widoi» 
wbo  concealed  a  depraved  heart  onder  a  specious  appeoniQcu  of  iiuii- 
c6Qc«  and  virtue,  and,  by  aiding  the  vieeB  of  oOiem  pnicured  1I14 
iiieaos  of  gratifying  her  own :  yet  bo  secret  were  all  lier  transaclions, 
timt  calumny  liad  not  y«t  attacked  her,  and  her  house  was  the 
rt'odeiTOUa  of  the  most  faahionable  [jeople.  My  husband,  who  did 
not  dislike  her  manner,  encouraged  our  intimacy,  and  at  her  partieit  I 
was  noticed  by  a  young  nobteman  tlien  at  the  head  of  tlie  ton ;  ba 
declared  1  was  one  of  the  most  cliamiing  olijecta  he  had  ever  belield, 
and,  fur  anch  a  declaration,  I  tIiODj2;]it  Iiim  tlie  most  polile  1  had  ever 

known ;  as  Lord  T condescended  to  wear  my  chains,  I   must 

certainly,  I  thought,  bocnmo  quite  the  rage,  Ky  transports,  howovor, 
were  a  little  checked  by  the  grave  remonstrances  of  my  huslMind,  who 

assured  me  Lord  T was  a  famous,  or  rather  an  infamons,  liberUnei, 

and  that,  if  I  did  not  avoid  hiH  lordship's  particular  attentiona,  ha 
miwt  insist  on  my  relinqniahing  tlie  widow's  society.  This  I  thought 
cruel,  hot  I  saw  him  reeoluie  and  promised  to  ad  as  be  desired; 


ing. 


iltiee  ofton  fell  astnnished  ot  the  cold  indifference  with  which  I 
repirdcl  MarloTTfl  am!  onr  lovely  baLe,  on  Trliom  he  dimted  with  all 
the  enthusianin  of  tenderness:  stafi !  vatiitj  h&d  then  Khearbod  nij 
henrt,  nnd  deadened  every  feeling  of  nature  and  ecnsibititT  ;  it  is 
the  parent  of  self-love  and  upathj,  and  degrades  those  who  harbour 
it  below  hninnnity. 

L'lrd  T —  now  returned  from  tlie  continent,  lie  swore  my  idea 
hiid  never  been  absent  from  his  mind,  and  that  Itras  more  charming 
Ih&u  ever;  while  I  thunght  him,  if  possible,  more  polit«  and  engag- 
Again  my  husband  remonatrated ;  sometimes  I  seemed  to 
ird  these  remonstrances,  Bometirnes  protested  that  I  would  not 
to  such  iinuecea^ary  control ;  1  knew,  indeed,  that  my  inien- 
ere  innocent,  and  I  beliered  I  tniglit  safely  Indulge  my  vanity, 
irltboutr  endangering  either  my  reputation  or  peace.  About  this 
time  Mariovre  recoiveii  a  finnimona  to  attend  a  dying  friend  some 
miles  from  London ;  oar  little  girl  was  llien  in  a  slight  fever,  which 
had  alarmed  her  father,  and  conflned  me,  most  nnwiUingly,  1  mast 
the  house.  Mnrlowe,  on  the  point  of  parting,  pressed  me 
at.  "My  heart,  my  beloved  Fanny,"  swd  he,  "feels  nnn- 
ly  heavy;  I  trnst  the  feeling  is  no  prefontiraent  of  approaching 
Dl.  Oh  I  my  Funny,  on  you  and  my  babe  I  rest  for  happiness ;  taka 
care  of  our  little  chemh,  and  above  all  (liis  meek  eye  encoontering 
mine)  of  yoniself,  that,  with  accustomed  rapture,  I  may,  on  m; 
return,  receive  you  to  my  arms."  There  was  aomething  so  solemn, 
and  so  tender  in  tills  address,  tliat  my  heart  melted,  and  my  tear* 
mingled  with  those  which  trickled  down  Lin  pale  cheeks.  For 
two  days  I  attended  my  child  aHsidaouHly,  when  the  widow  made 
faer  appearance.  She  assnred  mo,  I  should  injure  myself  by  such 
,doae  confinement,  and  that  my  cJieeks  were  already  faded  by  it;  she 
itjoncd  B  delightful  masquenuie  which  was  to  be  given  that  night, 
which  Lord  T —  had  preseuled  her  witli  tJokets  for  me  and 
iif ;  hot  she  dealarod,  eioept  I  would  aecompany  her,  she  would 
o,  I  had  often  wislied  to  go  to  a  masquerade ;  I  now,  however, 
leO  this  opportunity  of  gratifying  my  inclination,  but  so  fuiitly 
prompt  a  renewal  of  her  solioit&tions,  to  wluch  I  at  lait  yielded, 
wmniitling  mj  habe  to  the  care  of  a  servant,  set  oft  with  th» 
IT  tu  a  warehonse  lo  choose  dreiwes.  Ij>rd  T —  dined  with  lu, 
I*  were  all  in  the  Iiighost  spirits  iniSKinaMe.    Abont  t*i>lve  w* 


138  ctm-uasii   or  tbb  AXAxr. 

weat  in  liiji  cbariot  to  the  Uajmorket,  nnd  I  was  absolutelv  intoiU 

rated  with  bis  Batter;,  and  the  dottling  objeclfl  around  me.  At  Gra 
ne  qaittGd  tha  ecene  of  gaietj  ;  the  nidtm  took  a  choir;  I  would 
have  r<)lloired  her  eiample,  but  m;  lord  abaalutely  lifted  me  into  hia 
chariot,  aad  there  began  talking  m  a  alraio  nhiub  pruroked  my  coo- 
Umpt,  and  excited  m;  apprehousiona.  I  expreaeed  m;  diepleaaura 
iu  terms  which  checked  his  huIdneEH,  and  oonvincod  him  he  had  some 
ilifljcuhiea  jel  to  overcome,  ere  he  completed  hie  deeigng;  he  made 
liis  apolo^es  with  au  much  liurr)ility,  that  I  was  soon  appeai^cd  anil 
pi-evailcfl  on  t<)  accept  them.  We  arrived  at  tlii^  widow's  house  iu 
lis  much  liarmony  as  we  loft  it;  the  flags  were  wet,  and  Lord  T — 
iuaisled  on  carrying  me  into  tlie  house.  At  the  door  I  observed  a 
uiau  lanffled  up,  bnt  as  no  one  noticed  him,  I  ttiought  no  mora  aboot 
it.  We  aat  duwn  to  supper  in  high  spirita,  and  chatted  for  a  eon- 
tlderuble  time  abimt  our  piut  aniu.°emeiiU.  ILi^IoriLdiip  said,  "after 
a  little  sleep,  we  should  recruit  ourselves  by  a  pk-asnat  jiiiint  to  Sicli- 
inond,  where  he  had  a  charming  villa."  We  agreed  to  Lis  propOEtiL, 
and  I'etired  to  rest;  about  noon  we  arose,  anil  while  I  was  drewing 
luyscif  for  Uie  jirojected  excursion,  a  letter  was  brouglit  iu  to  me. — 
'•  Good  I/jrd  !  Halcot,"  exelainied  I,  tai'uing  to  the  widow,  "  If  Mar- 


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■  lltUt  bib^  InMua  of  bting  mUmd  lo  bxllh  bj  >  Botliff'f  aw,  nnri)'  niplh 

'banUHllrniiliiiulIar  pualCD  hul  lulKUnJ,  I  IVtt  Ibtt,  irUbDDI  7*1  •Inmgn 

HT,  Ibroagb  jroui  jiilJ)'  raund  till  I  nw  jou  boon  In  tb>  uiiit  ot  Ih*  >lle  Lord 
till  bnuH  of  hit  ti]«  pinmaDF.  Yoa  win  vi»ii)i>r.  pirliKpi.  I  dy  nol  lur  tdb 
(Tup.  OoBld  Foch  ■  prnrMiir*  bin  nsUnvd  you  to  mo  nub  ml!  foor  uniulllfd 
I,  I  ihaoM  not  hiTi  beijuuil.  bni  tbit  >•■  loipiivlbl*:  ind  miiM  itu  th*a 


Bd  br  cvo,  whdfl  joar  nit  Is  enfeebled  bj  dt 


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1,  uid  mjtjr  jod  j^et  five  Jnjr  to  tbe  a&fels  of  boitTea,  who,  we  jirg  tiqght 
lo  bdlere.  Fcloico  OTcrlbun  th4t  An  Imlf  rcptnuotl  TLfet  wiat  tUculd  itrtir  no  thoru 
In  ibe  paib  of  p<qiwii».  mil  tbit  I  coiilil  likt  rroni  aj  bibe  I  have  lulpicd  to  jou.    Oh  I 

liwt,  (re  iparcd  tbo  hlllcr  lor  ot  uiulita  neb  u  I  aim  ibid.  ud.  er«  too  latt.  oipliM 
Tour  irron.    In  the  i>olIti»l>  to  iriUcb  I  un  hulcDlni,  I  ibill  codiIdubU}  tnv  I'"  y"^ 

(or  tb«  mntlo  ol  ow  H  ntv.  Ilnge  lU  InisoiHiiii  coonlenincs.  Utj  Uw  ilMerll]'  o' 
joor  npentuin  nMorv^thu  pqAC«  ud  brlghtncu  to  jour  life,  vbleli,  ml  jtrenent.  I  Ihlpl 
f  ounuBt  bAvo  fDrf^lmt.  odeI  support  fou  wllb  fori  Iriule  through  lU  clD«lDg  period  I  A*  h 
frIoDdi  DDoe  dear,  fou  vHI  crer  fxln  In  Uie  mcmorr  of 

MAMtowt" 

As  I  concluded  tlie  U-tter,  my  npirits,  'wliiub  hud  been  gradunllj 
receding,  entirely  rwrsook  idp,  and  I  Ml  »euBoIo»s  on  tlie  fliwr.    Mrs. 

lldlcot  and  Lord  T took  thla  opportunity  of  gmtifying  tlielf 

fiirio«ily  by  perusing  the  letter,  and,  when  I  recovered,  I  found 
niywilf  aupporttd  between  tlieiu.     "  You  aee,  my  dear  oniiel,"  cried 

I^nl  T ,  "yonr  erne)  luiRlinnd  lias  Bbandoned  you:  bnt  grifvo 

ni>l.  fur  in  my  arms  yon  shoU  find  u  kinder  aaylum  than  he  evur 

•  Horded  you."    "True,"  said  Mrs.  Uulcot,  "for  my  parti  tliink  Bh» 

lia»  r«i«in  to  rejoice  at  his  desertion." 

I  shall  not  attempt  'a  repeat  all  I  said  to  lliom,  in  the  height  of  my 

Wiiulion ;  snfliL'o  il  to  say.  1  rerroaplic^  'honi  iK-th  ns  Ihe  outhon 


140  cBiLDKBD  or  Tns  AlBir. 

of  Toj  ahamo  and  miaerj,  and  while  I  Bpnmed  Lord  T indignaatlT 

from  my  feet,  accused  Mrs.  Hali-ot  of  puBBeaeiog  neither  delicacj  nor 
feeling.  Alaal  nccuEation  or  reproach  could  not  lighUin^ie  weight 
on  my  heart.  I  felt  a  dreadful  coDBciousnoss  of  having  oooiuiiotied  mj 
on-Q  misery  ;  I  eeomed  as  if  awakening  from  a  disordered  dream, 
Trbich  had  confused  my  senses:  and  the  more  clearly  my  perceptioiL 
of  whnt  was  right  returned,  the  more  bitterly  I  Imneuted  ray  devitt- 
lion  from  it :  to  be  reinstated  in  tho  esteem  and  nSection  cf  ic.y 
bi^abaod  was  oil  the  felioi'y  t  ci>Tt1J  desire  to  possesa.  Full  of  the 
idciL  of  being  able  to  elFect  a  Tec  inciliatioo,  I  started  op,  but  ere  I 
reached  the  door  snok  into  an  8gi>ny  of  (cars,  recollecting  that  ere  thld 
he  was  probably  for  distant  from  me.  My  base  companions  tried  to  ■ 
assuage  my  griel^  a&d  moke  me  in  reality  the  wretch  poor  Uarlowe 
supposed  ine  to  be.  I  heard  them  in  silent  contempt,  unable  to  move, 
till  a  servant  informed  me  a  gentleman  below  Bt^rs  desired  to  see  ine. 
The  idea  of  a  relenting  husband  instantly  occurred,  and  I  flew  down-, 
but  how  great  wa8  ray  disappointment  oidy  t«  see  a  particular  frii;nd 
of  his  I  our  meeting  was  piunful  in  tlie  extreme.  1  a'ked  )iim  if  be 
know  any  thing  of  Marlowe,  and  ho  solemnly  assured  me  be  did  not. 
coufuaion  and  distress  bail  a  litllo  subsided,  lia 


141 


from  imprudence,  but   the  conimon  vbisiitudeB  of  life,  was  bone 

withuut  Ihsl   degree  of  anguiah   mioe   nccaaiuned.      As  the  period 

opproaehed  for  her  return  to  her  native  cciuntrj,  I  felt  the  deepest 

regret  at  the  prospect  of  our  aeparntion,  which  she,  however,  remiiTed, 

br  o-iking  me  to  reside  eotirel;  n-ith  her.     Eight  years  had  elapsed 

aiuee  tlia  lou  of  my  hu  band,  nod  no  latent  hnpe  of  liia  retom 

niialtied  in  niY  heart  Baffioiently  strong  to  tempt  me  to  forego  the 

■•dTontages  of  such  Hociety.     £ru  I  departed,  buwever,  I  wrote  to 

B-^veral  of  his  friends,  informiug  them  of  the  step  I  intended  taking, 

■Aid,  if  any  tidings  of  Marlowe  occurred,  where  I  was  to  he  I'ound. 

Kjlve  years  1  pasaed  with  iny  valuable  frieud  in  retirement,  and  had 

B  jileaiiiirB  of  Uiiiiking  I  liad  wmtributod  lo  the  ease  of  her  loat 

■Itionienls.     This  cottage,  with  a  t«w   acres  of^uinlng  it,  and  four 

Inndretl  puimd»,  wa.s  all  her  vveidlh,  and  to  tne  slie  bequeathed  it, 

htvittg  DO  relations  whose  wants  gave  them  auy  cluni  upon  her. 

lUta  I  have  just  related  will,  1  hojie,  streugtben  the  moral 
)  many  wish  to  impress  upon  the  ndnds  of  youth,  namely,  that 
pthont  a  Elrict  adherence  to  pnipriety,  liiero  can  be  no  permanent 
ire;  and  that  it  is  the  actions  of  early  life  must  give  to  old  aga 
'  b.ippineBS  and  comfort,  or  sorrow  aud  remorse.  Hod  I 
anded  to  the  admonitions  of  wisdom  and  esjierience,  I  should  havo 
Bcbed  my  wanderings  fron]  prudence,  and  preserved  my  happiness 
Mm  being  sacrificed  at  the  shrine  of  vanity;  then,  instead  of  being 
>  solitary  being  in  the  world,  1  might  have  had  my  little  tireade 
enlivened  by  Ihe  partner  of  my  heart,  and,  perhaps  my  children's 
children  sporting  around;  but  suffering_,is  tbe  proper  tax  we  pay  for 
.  ifUj.  The  frailty  of  Iium^  nature,  tlie  prevalence  of  example,  the 
iDorements  of  the  world,  are  mentioned  by  many  as  oitennations  for 
wndoct.  Though  virtne,  say  they,  is  willing,  she  is  often  too 
[,  to  resist  the  wishes  they  excite.  Mistaken  idea;  and  blessed 
t  that  virtue  which,  by  opposing,  ends  theml  With  every  templ*- 
u  we  have  the  means  of  escnjiu ;  woe  be  to  us  if  we  aeg!eet  those 
r  hesitate  to  disenlnngie  ourselves  from  tlie  aQiires  which 
vice  or  foUy  may  have  spread  around  ns.  Sorrow  and  disappointment 
are  incident  to  mortality,  and,  when  not  occasioned  by  any  coiisciona 
imprudence,  should  be  considered  as  temporary  trials  from  heaven  to 
ive  and  correct  ns,  and  therefore  cbeerftiUy  lo  be  home."  A 
|dgli  stole  frum  0»^ar  as  sb^  (poke,  and  a  tear  trickled  down  the  soft 


oheeli  of  Adola.  "I  have,"  continued  Mrs.  Marlowe,  "given  you, 
like  an  old  woman,  a  tedious  talc ;  but  that  tcdiousnens,  vrith  eveiy 
other  imperfection  I  huve  acknavileilgod  and  ma;  betray,  I  ra«t  upim 
your  fiiendship  and  candour  to  eicuse." 


OHAPTEH    XIV. 


Denied  hv  ilibt,  Ik  onei  cr 


Thi  night  ^T^a  waning  fast,  tiiid  Adi-Oa  ro^e  la  depart  as  lier  friena 
concluded  her  ptory  r  yet  it  ri^cniircil  mi  oft'ort  of  resi>h:tion  to  rt'tir-. 
Kra.  Marlowe,  bowever,  was  too  well  convinced  of  the  eijicdicncy 
«nd  propriety  of  ihis  to  press  her  longer  stay,  though  the  eycj  of 
Oscar,  suddenly  turned  to  lier,  seemed  to  entreat  she  wotild  do  su. 


B  view  of  bar  pale  lively  cheeks,  and  he  saw  she  was  wMping, 
Ciiuruied  at  ihe  idea  oT  belriijing  her  distress,  she  nrerted  her  head 
and  httstilj  ascended  the  iteps;  jet,  for  B.  mument,  her  trembling 
hand  rested  upon  Oscar's,  hs  if,  in  this  niHancr,  ahe  would  hare  given 
tiie  adieu  Kbe  had  nut  the  power  of  pronnuneing.  Lost  in  Bgotijr,  bo 
remained  like  a  statue  on  the  spot  whore  she  had  left  him,  till  roueed 
by  the  friendly  TOico  of  Mrs.  llatlowc,  who,  alarmed  by  his  long 
absence,  eame  lo  E««k  liim.  Soothed  by  her  kind  eolicitnde,  be 
directly  returned  with  her  to  the  honae,  where  Mb  indignatjon  against 
the  perjidioiis  Belgrade  again  broke  furtb.  He  execrated  him,  not 
ooly  as  the  destroyer  of  hia  peace,  bat  a  peace  iufluitely  more 
precious  than  his  own,  that  of  tlie  charming  Adda. 

Mrs.  Marluwe  essayed  every  art  of  consolation,  and,  by  sympathy 
and  mildness,  at  lost  subdued  the  violence  of  hia  feelings ;  she 
ackuowtedged  the  loss  ho  sustained  in  being  deprived  of  Adela,  bur, 
siiioe  irrevocable,  both  viilne  and  reason  required  him  to  struggle 
against  his  grief,  and  conceul  it ;  by  their  sacred  dictates  she  entreated 
bjni  to  avoid  seeing  Adela.  Ue  felt  she  was  right  in  tlie  entreaty, 
and  sotenmly  promised  to  comply  with  it ;  her  friendship  was  balm 
Ui  Ids  wonnded  heart,  and  her  sueiety  the  only  pleasure  he  was  capa- 
ble of  enjoying;  whenever  he  couM  abaenC  himself  from  tjuarters, 
he  retired  to  her,  and  frequently  spent  three  or  fonr  days  at  a  time 
in  her  cottage.  By  discontinuing  his  visits  In  the  gay  neighbour* 
hood  of  Woodlawn,  he  avoided  all  opportunities  of  seeing  Adelo, 
ytrt  oflen  on  a  clear,  frosty  nijj;lit  has  he  stole  IVom  the  fireside  of 
Ura.  Marlowe,  to  the  beloved  and  beautil^l  haunts  about  tlie  hike, 
w|]ei'e  be  and  Adela  post  so  many  hnjipy  hours  together;  here  he 
indulged  iu  all  the  loiury  of  woe,  and  snch  are  the  pleasures  of 
vinuouB  melancholy,  tliat  Oscar  would  not  have  resigned  them  for 
lUiy  of  Llie  common-place  cnjoymenta  of  life. 

t Often  did  ha  wander  t't  tiio  i!ro>e,  ti'om  wlience  he  had  a  view  of 
lek's  chamber,  and  if  a  lucky  chance  gave  bim  a  glimpse  of  her, 
■be  passed  tliMogh  it,  a  sndden  ecstasy  wonld  pervade  hU  bosom; 
weiild  pray  for  her  felicity,  and  relnm  to  Uis.  Marlowe  us  if  his 
heart  was  lightened  of  an  oppressive  M'eigbt.  Tliat  tender  friend 
Dattered  licrsel^  A'om  youth,  and  the  natural  gaiety  of  his  dispoaition, 
is  attachment,  no  longer  fed  by  hope,  would  gradually  deduie ;  but 
mistaVen  :  the  bloom  of  bis  youlh  wa"  faded,  snd  bii  gsiptj 


lliousuud  or  two  lu  belp  llie  prumutiuii  uf  Ojcnr.  Uulj^raTa,  wba 
coulil  uut  bear  that  Uie  nian  vriiora  he  had  injured  sliould  have  a 
chance  of  obtaimog  equal  rank  with  himself^  op|>oaed  this  tni^ 
^ii(>rou£  desigD,  bjr  saying,  Oscar  was  tali-JD  Quder  the  patronnge  of 
Loril  CUcrhnry,  and  tbat  the  general's  bonnty  might  therefore,  at 
iouie  future  period,  be  better  applied  In  Berving  a  person  without  bis 
interest.  To  this  the  genf ral  assented,  declaring,  "  that  he  never  yet 
met  with  a  brave  soldier,  or  his  ofbpring,  in  distrosa,  without  feeling 
and  au^wcriag  the  claim  they  had  upon  his  heart." 

Osi;iir  obtwaed  a  ready  promise  ftom  lire,  itailowe  of  correepond- 
ing  with  him ;  be  blushed  and  faltered,  as  he  besought  her  soni^ 
tim^s  to  acquaint  hiro  with  the  health  of  their  frionda  at  Wnudlawu. 

ChoDge  of  scene  prodooed  no  alteration  in  him;  still  pining  with 
regret,  and  langnid  from  ill  health,  his  father  and  9lst«r  found  him. 
The  comfurtfi  of  sympathy  could  not  be  his,  as  the  angmish  which 
preyed  opon  his  heart  he  conajdirfldof  too  sacred  a  nature  to  divulge, 
he  hoarded  up  his  grief  like  a  miser  lioflrdiug  uji  his  treasure,  feariiU 
that  the  eye  of  suspicion  should  glance  at  it ;  as  he  pressed  his  lovely 
eister  to  his  heart,  had  ho  imagiiied  she  was  the  object  of  Colcitel 


¥ 


datiotu  of  WBT,  as  well  aa  time,  ware  discemibla  on  its  exterior ;  some 
of  its  lofty  batll^meTiIa  were  broken,  sad  others  mouldering  [o  deaij, 
while  about  its  anciuol  towers, 


¥ 


It  stood  upon  a  rocky  eminenca  overhanging  the  seo,  aud  com- 
msndiDg  a  delightfal  prospect  of  llie  opposite  coaat  of  Scotland; 
aboQt  it  were  yet  to  be  traced  irregular  tbrtiflcations,  a  raoat,  and  the 
remains  of  a  draw-bridga,  with  a  welL  long  since  dry,  which  had 
been  dag  in  the  rock,  to  supply  the  inhabitants,  in  times  of  siege, 
with  water;  on  one  tide  rose  a  stupeuduve  hilL,  covered  to  the  very 
Munmit  with  trees,  and  scattered  over  with  ralics  of  driiidical  anti- 
qnity;  before  it  stretched  an  eitansive  and  gently  swelling  lawn, 
sheltered  on  each  side  with  groves  of  intenningted  shade,  and  ^ 
refreehed  by  a  clear  and  meandering  rivulet,  tlial  t<x>k  its  rise  from 

!lhe  ailidining  hills,  and  murmured  over  n  bed  of  pebbles. 
_  After  a  pleaaaDt  Journey,  ou  tha  eietiing  of  the  fourth  day,  onr 
■■Tellers  arrived  at  their  destined  hflhttation.  An  old  mun  and 
Iroman  who  had  the  care  of  it  were  apprised  of  their  coming,  and  on 
the  first  approach  of  the  carriage  opened  the  massy  door,  and  waited 
to  receive  them ;  they  readied  it  when  the  sober  grey  of  twilight  had 
clad  every  object.  Atnanda  viewed  the  dark  and  stupendous  edifioa, 
who^  gloom  was  now  heightened  by  the  shadows  of  evening,  with 
venerable  awe;  the  solitude,  the  silence  which  reigned  around,  tho 
melancholy  murmur  of  the  waves,  as  they  dashed  against  ttie  feet  ot 
the  rocks,  all  heightened  the  sadness  of  her  mind ;  yet  it  was  not 
quite  an  unpleasing  sadness,  for  with  it  was  now  mingled  a  degree  of 
that  enthnsiasm  which  plaintive  and  romantic  spirits  are  so  pccu> 
liarly  sahject  to  feel  in  viewing  the  venerable  gnmdenr  of  an  ancient 
fabric  renowned  in  history.  As  she  entered  a  apacioas  hall,  curiously 
waiiiscotted  with  oak,  ornamented  with  coats  of  arms,  spears,  lances, 
and  old  armour,  she  could  not  avoid  casting  a  retruepectivc  eye  tc 
foniier  times,  when,  perhaps  in  this  very  hall,  bords  sung  the  exploits 
of  those  heroes,  whose  useless  anus  now  hutig  upon  the  walls;  she 
wished,  in  Iha  romance  of  the  moment,  some  grey  bard  near  her,  to 
tall  the  deeds  of  other  limes,  of  kings  renowned  in  our  land,  of  chieA 
behold  no  more.     In  the  niches  in  the  hall  were  figures  of  obinf 


t&ina,  large  as  life,  and  rudely  carded  in  oak ;  their  frowning  oono* 
tenancee  strack  a  sudden  panio  npun  the  heart  of  £llco. — "  Cot'pkn 
their  eoub,"  she  said,  "what  tlio  ti-fil  did  they  do  there,  except  to 
frighteu  the  people  from  going  into  tue  honael" 

They  were  showTi  into  a  large  parlour,  fiirnished  in  an  old-faaliionod 
manner,  and  found  a  comfortable  auppor  prepared  for  tliem ;  oppressed 
with  fatigue,  soon  aiter  they  had  partaken  of  it,  they  retired  tn  rest. 
The  next  nioming,  immediately  after  breaJcfaat,  Amanda,  attended  by 
the  old  woman  and  EUen,  ranged  over  the  castle.  Its  iut^^rior  was 
quite  aa  Gothio  as  its  exterior;  the  staira  were  winding,  tiie  galloriea 
intricate,  the  apartments  numerooa,  and  uiostEy  httng  with  old 
tapestry,  representing  Irish  battles,  in  which  the  chiols  of  Csatle 
Corberry  were  particularly  distingnished.  Tlieir  portraits  witli  thoM 
of  their  Indies,  ocenpied  a  long  gallery,  whose  arched  windows  cast 
a  dim,  rehgioiia "light  npon  them;  this  was  terminated  by  a  sranll 
«partment  in  the  centre  of  one  of  the  towers  that  flanked  tbe 
bnildjng;  the  room  was  an  octag^>Q,  and  thus  oommanding  a  sea  and 
land  prospect,  nniting  at  once  the  sublime  and  beautiful  in  it.  The 
fhmiture  was  not  only  modern,  but  elegant,  and  excited  the  particu- 


SlLUUEMOrTHBAIIOKr.  149 

1  noB»  of  the  family."  "Did  yon  over  see  the  yoang  lonlt" 
Iteil  AmoQila,  Kith  iuvoUiiitary  precipitation.  "Seeliiml  ay  tbst 
t  tUd,  when  he  was  abont  eight  j'ears  olJ.  Tliere  is  his  pictnre 
tfpoiotiag  a>  une  which  boog  over  the  cLininey);  luy  laily  liad  it  done 
1  fine  English  paint«r,  snd  brought  it  over  with  lier ;  it  is  tho 
torn]  uf  wliM  lie  tbfcn  was."  The  eager  eyea  of  Amanda  were 
aiitly  tnrueti  to  it,  and  she  traced  or  ima^ned  ebe  did  ao,  a 
■emblaace  still  between  it  and  him ;  the  painter  aeemcd  as  if  he 
d  the  description  of  Pity  in  his  tnind,  when  he  drew  tlie  picture, 
r  Lord  Uortimer  was  pourtrayed  aa  ahe  is  represented  in  tlie  beau- 
il  aUegury,  shellering  a  trembling  duve  in  hU  boaoiii  from  a  fero- 
Oh!  Mortimer,  thought  Amanda,  thy  feeling  nature  ia 
«  ably  delineated ;  the  distressed,  or  tlie  halpleaa,  to  the  utmost  of 
jonr  {lower,  you  would  save  from  the  gripe  of  crnelty  and  oppreesioo. 
Her  fatlier  bad  dealred  ber  to  choose  pleasant  apartments  for  ber  own 
immediate  use,  and  abe  accordingly  Qzcd  on  thia  and  the  room 
.  A^oining  it,  which  had  been  Lady  Cherbiiry'a  chamber ;  her  things 
3  brought  hither,  and  her  books,  works,  and  implements  for 
nwing  deposited  in  rich  inlaid  cabinets.  Pleased  with  the  arrange- 
t  ahe  had  made,  she  broagbC  her  latlier  as  soon  as  he  was  at 
leisure  to  view  them;  he  was  happy  to  hnd  her  spirils  somewhat 
cheerl'ul  and  composed,  and  deuUrci  that  in  future  ho  would  rati  this 
Amanda's  Tower.  Accompanied  by  him  she  ascended  to  the  battle 
oienta  of  the  castle,  and  was  delighted  with  the  estensive  and  varie- 
cated  prospeot  she  beheld  from  them :  a  spncioua  edifice  at  some 
distance,  embowered  in  a  grove  of  venerable  oaks,  attracted  ber 
admiration;  her  father  told  ber  that  was  Ulster  Lodge,  a  seaf 
belonging  to  the  murquis  of  RoHlinu,  who  was  an  Iris*'  as  well  as  a 
Scots  peer,  and  hod  very  exlcnirive  piieseasions  in  Ireland;  Fitzalan 
added,  he  had  been  inquiring  of  Uie  old  man  almnt  the  neighbour- 
hood, and  learned  from  liiui  tLii'.  at  the  expiration  of  every  three  or 
four  years,  the  niorijuis  usually  oairio  over  to  Ulster  Lodge,  but  had 
never  been  accompanied  by  the  mafchioness.  or  Lady  Euphrasia 

P'''-"''erlnnd,  who  was  Ills  only  child. 
e  d'lmestic  eoonomy  of  Castle  Curlierry  was  soon  settled ;  a 
g  man  and  woman  were  hired,  as  Johnoleu  and  his  wife  Kate 
considered    little    more    thari    eupernunierarlBB;    Ellen    wso 
inl«d   to   attend  Ariiaiida,   nud   do   whulover   plain   work   wu 


^V*^  h 
^Hnwin 
^Vent  a 


IfiO  ciiiLDREK    or    Tua    abbit. 

required.  FitzaJan  felt  a  ploasioj;  serenity  diffused  over  bis  mind 
from  the  idea  of  being  in  eoine  degree  independent,  and  in  tiie  wi^ 
of  iiiaiiiig  floiiie  [irovisiou  for  his  cliildren. — The  first  abock  of  k 
Bopnrittion  from  Lord  Mortimer  being  over,  tbe  cbeerfulness  of 
Amanda  gradnoilj  returned,  the  Tisions  of  liupe  again  revived  in  her 
mind,  and  »]ie  indulged  a  secret  pleasure  at  livicg  la  the  boose  h« 
had  once  oocupied;  she  considered  her  father  aa  particularly  con- 
nected with  big  tamily,  and  doubted  not,  from  this  circamBtance,  aba 
should  eotnetimea  hear  of  lirin;  she  judged  of  bia  constAnc;  b;  her 
own,  and  believed  be  wonld  not  readily  forget  her;  she  acknow- 
ledged her  father's  motivea  for  separating  them  were  equally  just  and 
delicate,  but  firmly  believed  if  Lord  Mortimer  (as  she  Uattered  her- 
self  he  would)  confessed  a  partiality  in  her  favour  to  bis  father,  that 
in;~"ienced  by  tenderness  for  his  eon,  friendship  for  her  father,  and 
the  icnowlcdge  of  her  descent,  he  would  iruiuediately  give  up  everj 
idea  of  another  connexion,  and  sauotion  theirs  with  his  approbation ; 
no  olistncle  appeared  to  such  an  union  but  want  of  fortune,  and  that 
want  she  could  never  suppose  would  be  considered  as  one,  by  the 
liberal-niindi'd  Lord  Cherbnry,  who  bod  himself  an  income  Huffioiont 


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b;  li«re,  on  n  mUJ  ilay,  hLu  luved  to  rcitU  and  li^Un  Ui  tli« 
s  of  the  tide;  tho  opposite  Soottiali  hiUs  Kiuung  \rlii«h 
h«r  mother  first  dreir  breath,  often  attracted  and  fixed  tier  sttenlion^ 
freqneotlj  dmwing  tears  from  her  eyes,  bj  awateuing  ia  her  mind 
the  reooUections  of  that  inother'H  saffuriogs, 

Od  a  morning,  ■when  she  aat  at  work  in  her  apaitraent,  Elian,  who 
WM  considered  more  aa  a  friend  tjian  a  servant,  Eometiincs  eat  vrith 
Jon  not  unfrequently  turned  on  nurae  Edwin's  cot- 
I,  Irom  which  Gllvn,  witli  an  arch  Bim^^city,  woold  advert  to 
hldor  HiUl,  tiience  naturally  to  Lord  Mortimer,  and  conclude  with 
T  Chip,  eichuming  what  a  pity  true  love  should  ever  be  crossed. 


C  U  A  P  T  E  R    XVI. 


Tlut  kuHVa  do  work  wltb.  cftU'tt  m  fool, 

Voola  km  ngvs  b;  IsoUuf  ■]■«. 

it  seta  Dad  wDodcudu  b;  Ibelr  titi.  Uvd, 

TiiR  solitude  of  Castlu  Carberry  waa  interrupteil,  in  Ikhs  tiian  a 
fortnight,  bv  visiU  and  inviutiona  from  the  neighbouring  families. 
Tlie  first  they  accepted  was  to  dine  at  Mr.  Eilcorban's ;  he  was  a  man 
of  larse  fortnne,  which,  in  the  opinion  of  many,  compensated  for  the 
want  of  polished  nianners  and  a  cutUvated  mind ;  but,  to  otiiers  of  ft 
more  liberal  writ  of  thinking,  could  not  {msMbly  excuse  those  dcS- 
deneies,  which  were  more  apparent  from  hi»  pretending  to  every 
excellence,  and  more  intolerable  from  his  deeming  himself  antliorixed 
by  his  wealth  anil  consequence,  to  say  and  do  almost  whatever  he 
pleased.  His  lady  was  like  hiinselt  a  compound  of  ignorancei,  pride,  " 
and  vanity;  their  ofiitpriiig  was  cumerons,  and  the  three  wIlo  were 
tiiSicienlly  old  to  make  their  appearance,  were  considered  by  H-eir 
(inreuts  and  tlieinselvea  as  the  very  models  of  elegance  and  perfocUon. 
,  The  ynnng  heir  iiad  been  sent  to  tlie  university,  but,  being  pci-mitted 
I  his  own  master,  he  hnd^rofited  little  by  his  residence  there; 
i^h,  however,  perhaps  he  thought  for  a  ninn  of  fortune,  whc 
ed  not  profesfional  knowled;;e;  his  face  was  coarw,  his  pcMioa 
Wlt^anl,  and  hi^  lasle  in  adorning  hinittelf  prepontei'(iu..ly  lidio'ilna*. 


Ib3  cniLURKX    ov    -lum    Aansr. 

fasliioa,  Iloyle,  ftcid  the  lookiDH-glase  wera  Lis  chief  etudiex,  lad  by 

Lis  fniiiil;  oQil  sel^  he  wu  considered  qnite  tlie  thing. 

Tlie  j-omig  Indies  were  sapposed  to  be  very  accomiilisded,  beci  om 
tticy  had  inatnicturs  in  ahnost  eTery  brftni^h  of  education ;  but,  in 
reality,  they  nnderstood  little  more  tlian  tLe  namea  of  -what  Vivf 
V.  vru  attempted  to  he  tanght :  nature  had  not  been  lariah  of  her  ^Jts ; 
lit'  lljip,  howoTer,  they  were  conscions,  and  patched,  pmrderuil,  ami 
[laiiitml  in  the  very  eitremity  of  the  mode.  Their  mornings  were 
tteiiiTdly  epeiit  in  rolling  abont  in  a  coach  and  six,  with  titdr 
uianimo,  collecting  news  and  paying  visits ;  their  evenings  wore  coo- 
i^tautly  devoted  to  company,  without  which  they  declared  they  could 
not  exist ;  they  sometimes  affected  languor  and  sentitoent,  talked  of 
friondtliip,  and  professed  for  numbers,  the  most  sincere;  yet,  to  th« 
very  girls  tbcy  jiretended  to  re^^ard,  delighted  in  exhibiting  their 
finery,  if  ccrtuiii  they  could  not  purchase  the  same,  and  would  feel 
mortilieil  by  tteeing  it. 

Mr.  Kilcorbnn  had  indulged  liis  family  in  a  trip  to  Bath  one 
autumn,  aud  iu  so  doing,  had  afTordwl  a  never-failing  aubject  for 
i-ouversalion :  upon  every  occasion  this  delightfnl  eicursion  was 
lentioncd — the  nordtiefl  thev  saw,  the  admiration  they  eicited.  the 


fiirmed  themselFes  mto  a  group  quite  ilislant  from  the  rp«t.  Otia 
geDtlemao  swore  "slio  was  k  deviliBh  fine  girl!"  he  was  s^coDdeJ  in^ 
the  remark  by  (inoi.her,  who  eitnUed  her  complexion.  "  Ynii  are  a 
simpleton,"  crieJ  a  young  lady,  who  wag  reckouiid  a  grent  wit ;  "  I'd 
engage,  for  half  a  crown,  t«  get  as  fine  a  colntir  in  Dublin."  Her 
cumpimiooa  laaghod,  and  declared  she  only  «p<'ke  truth  in  Hnjitig  so. 
Mr.  liryan  Eilcorban,  who  leaned  on  her  ehair,  said,  "A  bill  bIiouIiI 
be  broDgiil  into  the  house  to  lax  snch  compleiions;  for  kill  ine," 
ooDtinued  he,  "the  Indiea  are  so  irreeiatible  from  nature,  it  is  qtiit« 
mncooscionablo  to  call  in  art  as  an  auxiliary,"  lie  then  stalked  over 
p  Amanda,  who  sat  by  Lady  Greyetock ;  lolling  over  her  chair,  ho 
"he  thonght  the  tedious  honrs  wonld  never  clnpac,  till 
a  Ueased  with  her  presence;  of  her,"  he  said,  "it  was  siilliciunt 
{■  have  bat  one  glimpse  to  make  hlui  pant  for  the  racond."  A  siim- 
i  dinner  relieved  her  fVom  his  nonsense:  luxury  aod  o^ten- 
rere  conspicuoua  in  the  fare  and  decorations  of  the  table,  and 
ykmanda  never  felt  any  bonrs  so  tedions  as  those  she  passed  at  it; 
1  the  ladiea  returned  U>  the  drawing-room,  t)ie  Miss  Ellcorbans 
I  their  cumpaniona  began  to  examine  and  admire  her  dress. 
•^What  a  pretty  pallem  this  gown  is  worked  in,"  said  one.  "What 
a  avreet,  becoming  cap  this  is,"  cried  a  second.  "  Wei),  certainly  the 
English  milliners  have  a  great  deal  of  taste ;  my  dear,"  said  Misi 
Kiloorhan,  whispering  Amanda,  "I  have  «  monstrons  ftvonr  Ifl  ask 
of  yon,"  drawing  her  at  the  same  instant  to  the  window,  "I  am 
I  nre,"  said  Amanda,  "any  in  my  power  to  grant,  I  shall  with  plea- 
"Oh,  really,  then,  it  is  in  your  power;  'tis  only  to  refhse  the 
n  of  yonr  cap  to  any  girls  mho  m.ij  ask  yoo  for  it,  and  to  give 
ne  and  my  sister;  yon  can't  conceive  how  wo  doat  on  being  the 


tt  time  in  the  fashion ;  on 
ything  when  it  becomes 

d  every  sommer,  when  ' 
B  always  make  it  a  point 
KWoIi  I  played  a  friend  of 


stareil  at,  and  so  envied;  I  detest 
yon  can't  think  bow  we  are 
return  Irom  Dublin,  for  fashions,  but 
refuse.  I  must  tell  yon  a  delightfol 
she  reoeivej  a  large  present  of  the 
It  beantiftl  muslins  from  India,  which  she  laii!  by  till  1  returned 
SB,  Bupporing  I  would  let  her  see  my  things,  as  1  always  told 
la  extremely  fond  of  ber;  well,  I  lent  her  a  gown,  ivliieh  wnn 
d •fashioned,  but  »*snred  her  it  was  the  very  npwr^t  mode : 
irdingty  had  her  bcnnlifnl  inusjlitj  cul  in  imilatiou  'if  it.  ani! 


Itfi 


oaiK 


TDK     ADflzr. 


(•o  spoiled  them  Trum  raalnng  any  other  lialiit;  well,  we  met  b<  (9 
xiieiiie  bull,  where  nil  the  ele^^nt  people  of  the  conntrj  were  KSiTti- 
liled,  and,  I  ileelare  I  never  mw  «o  riiliciili)a»  a  fignre  as  she  m»de>, 
ivhen  she  found  lifrself  Dolike  everj  one  in  the  room ',  I  re&lly 
Iliutight  she  would  have  fKiDled,  and  that  ray  slater  and  1  abouH 
hare  eijiired  with  laughing;  ]ioor  tiling,  the  tears  ahaulnlcly  trickled 
down  her  clit'eka :  don't  yon  think  it  wa9  n  charminit  trick  I"  "  Vvrj 
mndi  so,"  Huid  Aiiinndo,  '^  I  tliink  it  gare  &  alriking  speeimeo  of  your 
humour."  "  Well,  my  dear,"  eiclairaeU  Miss  Eilcorban,  ■withoal 
minding  tlie  marked  eniphaais  of  Amanda's  last  words,  "if  yon  allow 
ns,  iiij  siater  and  I  will  call  npon  yon  to-iiiurrow,  and  look  over  yonr 
tilings."  "  It  nrould  be  giving  yourselt-e»  a  great  deal  of  unneeessary 
trouble,"  replied  Aiuaoda,  coolly,  who  did  not  by  any  means  reHuh 
lliis  forward  proposal;  "my  things  eaa  boast  of  little  bnt  simplicity, 
and  I  am  always  my  own  miUiner,"  "Really,  wall,  I  protest  you 
have  a  gi'eat  deal  of  taste ;  my  maid,  who  is  very  handy,  would,  I 
lliiok,  be  able  to  make  np  tilings  in  [irelty  much  the  ^me  style,  if 
jou  were  obliging  enough  to  give  lier  patterns;  if  you  do,  )>erhapa 
you  will  add  to  the  favour,  and  allow  nx  to  mj  they  are  the  nowe«t 


i 


r agreed  amnng  the  fair  coterie,  that  tbcyabould  coutinuc  Id  thedraK- 

ing-room  to  be  in  ilalu  quo,  iat  the  rcappenrance  of  the  beaux. 
I  Lady  Grejsbick  dow  beckoned  to  our  beruine  to  take  a  seat  b;  ber; 
I  ibe  g]D4];  obeyed.  "Well,  my  dear."  said  her  ladyship,  "1  hope 
jrou  have  had  enough  of  tbese  couDtry  missee,  tbeae  would-be  miaBCa 
I  of  the  ton."  Ajnanda  smiled  asscDtingly.  "  Heaven  defend  me  or 
I  kny  one  1  like,"  contioued  her  ladyship,  "  from  their  clock ;  the  cod- 
I  fusion  of  Babel  was,  I  reall;  belieTe,  inferior  to  that  their  tongnei 
I  ffeatc ;  yet  some  people  have  the  absurdity  to  reckon  these  girli 
[  (KcnnipUshed.  Poor  Mrs.  Kilcorban  tonneatB  one  with  the  perfeo- 
[  tioDs  of  ber  dnughtcrg;  againut  the;  are  disposed  of  (which  she 
imagines  will  be  very  soon)  she  has  a  new  brood  of  graces  training  up 
1  to  bring  out ;  mercy  on  me !  vhat  a  set  of  hoydens  I  I'd  lay  m;  life, 
[  ftt  this  very  instant  thej  are  galloping  about  the  nursery,  like  a  parcel 
I  of  wild  colts,  ttsaring  or  tormenting  an  unfortunate  French  governesSi 
I  who  was  formerly  filU  dt  ehambre  to  a  woman  of  quality,  and  does 
i  not  even  onderetand  the  grammatical  part  of  her  own  langunge." 
I  "  Mrs.  Kilcorban's  opinion  of  her  children,"  said  Amanda,  "  is  nntu- 
I  nl,  considering  the  partiality  of  a  parent."  "Yes;  but  not  more 
I  bearable  oa  that  accouitt,"  replied  her  ladyship,  "  and  I  should 
I  rodeavor  to  open  ber  eyes  to  her  folly,  if  I  thought  her  acquaint- 
I  *nce  would  furgive  my  depriving  them  of  such  a  fund  of  amiua- 

I  Mr.  Bryan  Ki'icorhan,  with  some  gent'emen,  now  entered  tlie  room, 
1  vd  advanced  to  Amanda.  "So,"  said  be,  "yon  have  got  by  ''Jie 
I  dowager ;  liang  me,  but  I  would  let  my  beard  grow,  if  all  women 
I  naemblMl  her  in  ttieir  dispositions."  "  By  way  of  appearing  saga- 
I  Otis  I  inppose,"  said  her  ladyship,  who  was  eitremely  quick,  and  had 
I  canglit  the  last  words ;  "  alas !  poor  youth,  no  embellishments  on  the 
I  wterior  would  over  be  able  to  make  us  believe  the  tenement  within 
I  well  fumitihed."  Her  ladyship  was  now  summoned  to  a  whist  table, 
I  ud  Uiss  Kilcorban  inunediatcly  tncib  lier  vacant  scRt.  "  My  dear 
■  tteatnre,"  said  she,  "  are  yon  bored  to  death !  Lady  Orcystunk  is  a 
\  queer  piece  1  can  assure  yon :  1  suppose  she  was  u«fcing  some  favour 
K  from  yuD,  Bucli  as  to  work  her  on  apron,  or  handkerchief:  she  iji 
I  notfd  everywhere  for  requesting  snch  little  jobs,  as  she  culls  thotii ; 
I)  indeed  we  should  nsver  put  uji  with  the  tnnible  nhe  gives  ns,  but  tliat 
wriM  is  Twtlj  riob^  Atkd  papa's  ralation,  and  has  no  one  to  nearly 


connectod  with  her  as  va  are."  "  All  verj  good  rcaaoDH  for  jonr 
coinplaiaaoue,"  replied  Amnnda,  "but  aliuuld  ;Du  not  be  careful  in 
CQucealiDg  theiD?"  " Oh  I  Lord  do:  everj  one  knows  them  aa  well 
as  we  do  ouraelvea  ;  she  was  here  lost  Huiuiuer,  and  took  a  fane;  to 
the  pattern  of  an  uprua  of  mine,  and  mude  me  the  reasonable  request 
of  working  one  like  it  for  her;  all  this  she  pretended  iFaa  to  prevent 
mj  being  idle.  Well,  I  said  I  would,  and  wrote  up  to  the  Morsviaa 
liiiuse,  in  Dublin,  where  1  had  got  mine,  for  one  exactly  like  it ;  in 
duo  time  1  received  it,  and  presented  it  to  the  Dowager,  certain  that 
in  return  1  should  reueire  a  few  of  ber  diamond  pina,  which  she  bad 
often  heard  nie  admire ;  they  are  the  prettiest  I  ever  saw,  and  quite 
unfit  for  her,  but  she  had  the  eruelty  to  diauppuint  mo."  "  Upon  my 
fuitb,"  cried  Mrs.  Kilcorban,  who  had  taken  a  uhair  at  the  other  side 
of  Amanda,  and  listeued  with  evident  pleasure  to  her  daughter's 
voluble  speech,  "  Lady  Oreystock  is  an  odd  being  ;  I  never  mot  with 
any  one  like  her  in  all  my  travels  through  England,  Ireland  and 
Wales  ;  but  she  is  a  great  orator,  aod  possceaoa  the  gift  of  the  gab  in 
e,  wonderful  degree." 

Ay.  indeed,  thought  Amanda,  and  you  and  your  fair  daughters 
mble  ber  in  that  respect.     After  tea  she  was  prevailed  on  to  sit 


TnK  following  evening  th*  y  were  engnged  at  a  farmer's ;  the  invita- 
tion was  given  with  euch  hamillly,  jet  pressed  nilh  such  narrnth,  that 
they  could  not  avoid  Hccepting  it :  and  Bornrdingly  aoun  after  dinner 
walked  to  the  hnaBc,  which  was  about  a  mile  from  Castlo  Carberry. 
It  waa  a  lav  tJiatched  building ;  every  appendage  to  it  bespoke  neat- 
nesa  and  comfort :  it  wse  aitunted  in  a  beautiful  meadow,  enclosed 
fVom  the  road  by  a  hawthorn  hedge,  and  on  the  oppositA  ade  lay  an 
extenaive  common,  on  wbioh  stood  the  stupendous  and  venerable 
rains  of  an  abl>ey  called  St.  Catharine's ;  they  appeared  a  melancholy 
aoonment  of  the  power  of  time  over  atrength  and  grandeur,  and, 
frtui«  they  attracted  tlie  ubacrvaiion  of  the  cariona,  eicited  a  sigh  in 
boeora  of  scnaibility. 

The  farmer's  family  consisted  of  three  daughters  and  two  aoua, 
now  dressed  in  tlieir  best  array ;  they  had  assembled  a 
number  of  their  neighbours,  among  wliom  was  a  little  fat  priest, 
called  Father  O'Callaghan,  considered  the  life  of  every  party,  and  a 
Uiad  piper ;  tlje  room  was  »iiiall  and  crowded  with  fnmitnre,  as  well 
company  i  it  was  oidy  dividt-d  fmni  Ijie  kilclien  by  a  abort  passage, 
the  steam  of  Iiot  cokes,  atid  the  sinoko  of  a  tnrf  Gre,  which  issued 
ice,  soon  rendered  it  dintresaingly  warm.  Amanda  got  as  ocar 
the  window  as  posaible,  bnt  still  could  not  procure  sufficient  air,  and 
■•  every  thing  for  tea  was  not  quite  re.idy,  at.kiHl  one  of  the  Miss 
O'Flanaghatts  if  she  woold  accompany  her  to  St.  Cntbartne's.  Sho 
answered  io  the  affirmative.  The  priest,  who  liad  been  smirking  at 
her  ever  since  her  entrance,  now  shook  hia  fat  sides,  and  said  ha 
wished  he  could  get  her  initialed  there,  "  for  it  would  do  my  sou] 
good,"  cried  he,  "  to  canfetis  ench  a  pretty  Uttle  creature  as  you  ore, 
though,  faith,  I  believe  I  should  find  yon  like  Faddy  M'Denough,  who 
used  come  to  confession  every  Easter,  though  the  devil  a  thing  tlte  pooi 
mail  had  to  confees  about  at  all,  at  all ;  so  tiaya  I  to  bim,  Paddy,  tny 
^wel,  *BJH  I,  1  believe  I  mu;il  make  a  snint  of  voir,  and  lay  yon  on 


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OEI LDR 


BDBT 


the  «]t«r."  "Oh I  hooer,  father,"  cried  he,  "  not  yet  a  wliile,  till  I 
get  B.  new  snit  of  clothes  on,  which  I  iihall  bj  neit  MiohaelmM." 
Amanda  led  them  all  laughing  at  the  Storj,  and  her  father  engaged  in 
cflnveruBtion  witli  Home  farmere,  who  were  desiring  hia  interest  with 
Lnrd  Uherhurr,  for  new  lenses  on  moderate  terms. 

Amanda  liad  about  a  qnarter  of  a  juile  to  walk  across  the  commoD : 
the  ground  was  marshj  and  uneven,  and  nnmerous  stamps  of  treea 
deauted  its  bavijig  ouce  been  a  noble  forest,  of  which  no  meinortal 
but  tlie^e  stiimpfl,  and  a  few  tall  trees  imnicdistely  near  the  abtwy, 
remained,  tbat  stretched  their  Tenerable  anus  around  it,  as  if  to 
sliade  that  ruin  whose  progress  thej  had  witnessed,  and  which 
Amanda  found  well  worthj  of  inspection.  She  was  eqnaltj  astoa* 
iahed  at  lis  elegance  and  extent ;  with  tiacrcO  awe  tiavereed  epadona 
cloisters,  the  former  walks  of  bol}  meditation ;  she  pnraned  her  way 
through  winding  poseages,  where  vestiges  of  cells  were  yet  discerni- 
ble, over  wbo>te  mouldering  arches  the  gross  waved  in  rank  loxuri- 
ance,  and  tJie  ci'e«ping  ivy  spread  it^  gloomy  foliage,  and  viewed 
with  reverence  tlie  graves  ol"  those  who  had  once  inhabited  tliem. 
Tlioy  suiTonmk'd  that  of  the  foiinikT's,  which  was  distinguished  by 


firo  windings,  when 
)  her  grcnt  snrpriiie, 


n  informed 


OaiL'lREN      OF     TUX     ASSET.  169 

kn-'d  » favooritu  broU  icr  was  iuterred  Ujere.    Tlie  girl  moved  from 

e  epot,  bnt  Ainaniia,  ijclnined  bj  an  irreprcsftiMe  einouQii,  BtoJd  a 

^nute  longer  Co  coutemplnla  the  awfii]  Bueae ;  oU  wm  sileot,  Had, 

jbd  Boiilorj,  the  graa9-[^>wn  aislea  looked  long  uatrodden  bj  htiman 

;jfaot,  tlie  gre«D  and  moulderiug  wdls  appeared  ready  to  cromblo  iato 

toms,  u)d  the  wind,  whicb  howled  thruugh  their  crevices,  soDuded 

lb  the  ear  of  tsaoy,  as  sjgbs  of  Borrow  for  tbo  dwoktioiu  of  the 

,]^l»ce :  full  of  morollxuig  melsDcholy,  the  ycmag,  the  lovely  Ai"ftndft, 

Bug  over  the  grave  of  her  companion's  youthful  brother,  and  t&king 

p  tlie  withered  flower,  wet  by  tlie  tears  of  sisterly  affection,  dropped 

iflwlher  on  it,  and  cried,  "Oh I  howitt  an  cniblem  is  Uiis  oflife,  how 

^tnstTalive  of  these  words:  "Unn  comes  forth  aa  the  flower  of  tha 

jftdd,  and  is  soon  cot  down." 

Misa  O'Flnnnghon  now  led  hor  through  Mme  a 

(Middenly  emerging  from  them  she  fiinnd  Iierself,  t 

In  a  large  garden,  entirely  encompnssoil  by  the  ni 

e  of  it  titood  a  large  low  bnilding,  which  her  < 

ir  was  a  convent:  a  folding  door  at  the  nidu  opened  into  the  cliapel, 

1|:]aieli  they  entered  and  foind  a  nun  prn3ing. 

Amanda  drew  bock,  fearful  of  disturbing  her;  but  Uiss  O'Flana- 
Imd  accosted  her  withont  ceremony,  and  the  nun  returned  the  soiii' 
IlioD,  with  themost  cordial  good  liomoar.  Slie  was  filly,  aa  Amanda 
Ite'wards  beard,  for  she  never  could,  from  her  appearance,  ha^e 
conceived  her  to  be  bo  mnch:  her  skin  was  fair,  and  perfectly  free 
from  wfinile,  the  blooni  and  down  upon  her  cheeks  as  bright  and 
BoH  as  thnl  upon  a  peach ;  though  her  accent  at  once  proclaimed  her 
country,  it  wdb  not  unharmonious,  and  the  clieerful  obligingness  of 
her  nwimer  sioply  compensated  the  want  of  elegance;  slie  wore  tha 
relipoDs  h*hit  of  the  house,  which  was  a  loose  flannel  dress,  hound 
round  her  waist  by  a  girdle,  from  wliich  hung  her  tieaila  and  a  crose; 
a  vedl  of  l>.e  same  stufT  descended  to  the  gronnd,  and  a  mob  cap  and 
forehead  cloth  qntte  concealed  her  hair.*  Miss  O'Flanaghan  presented 
Amanda  to  her,  aa  a  etranger  who  wished  to  see  every  thing  onriona 
I  tha  chapel.  "Ahl  my  honey,"  cried  elie,  "I  am  sorry  she  liui 
a  time  whe~i  she'll  see  lb  all  in  the  dismals,  for  you  know 
n  nioumingfor  onr  prioreas  (the  altur  was  hung  with  block;) 


100  CUILDRINOrtUBABBIT 

Imt,  m;  deu.  (turning  to  Amanda,)  do  you  mean  bo  come  here  nest 
Sunday,  for  if  you  do,  you  will  find  us  all  bright  agsin."  Upon 
Amanda's  anawering  !□  the  Dogative,  she  continued;  "  Faith,  and  I 
nin  sorry  for  that,  for  1  have  taken  a  great  fancy  to  you,  and  when  I 
like  a  person,  I  always  nieh  them  as  great  a  chance  of  happiness  as  I 
bave  niyeeir."  Amanda  eniiling,  said  she  believed  none  could  desire 
a  greater ;  and  the  nun  obligingly  proceeded  lo  show  her  all  the  relics 
and  finery  of  the  chapeU;  among  the  former  was  a  head  belonging  to 
one  of  tlio  eleven  thousand  virgin  martyrs,  and  the  latter,  a  chest  full 
of  rich  silks,  vrhiuh  piuua  ladies  had  given  for  the  purpose  of  dressing 
the  altar;  pulling  a  drawer  from  under  it,  she  displayed  a  quantity 
of  artifi<:ia.l  lowers,  which  she  SEud  vere  made  by  the  sisters  and  their 
Hcholirs.  Amanda  wished  to  make  a  recompense  fur  the  trouble  she 
had  giren,  and  finding  they  were  to  be  sold,  purchased  a  number,  and 
having  given  some  to  Miis  O'Flanaghan,  whom  she  obsetrod  viewing 
them  with  a  wishful  eye,  she  left  the  rest  with  the  nun,  promising  to 
call  for  them  the  ensuing  day.  "  Aj.  do,"  said  she,  "  and  you  maj' 
be  euro  of  a  sincere  welcome ;  you  will  eeo  a  set  of  happy  poor  crea- 
tures, and  none  happier  than  myself.  1  entered  the  convent  at  too, 
I  took  vows  at  fifteen,  and  from  that  time  to  the  present,  which  is  a 


the  society  consiBted  of  twdre  nuns;  their  little  fortaneSi 
though  ii^ik  in  one  oommon  fanil,  were  iasafGuient  to  suppi;  theit 
necessities,  wltith  compelled  them  to  keep  a  day  suhool,  in  which 
the  reighbouring  chililren  were  instructed  in  reading,  writitig,  plaia 
IT ork/ embroidery,  and  artiBuial  flowers;  she  also  added  that  the 
ttllowed  to  go  nut,  but  few  aviuled  themselves  of  that 
^iberly,  and  that,  except  ia  fasting,  thej  were  strungera  to  the  austm- 
prncticed  ia  foreign  conrenta. 
For  anch  a  eocietj  Amanda  thonght  nothing  could  be  bett«r 
adapted  than  the  present  situation  sheltered  bj  the  ruins,  like  the 
litiog  entombed  among  the  dead,  their  wishes,  like  their  views,  were 
bounded  by  the  mouldering  walk,  as  no  olyect  appeared  beyond 
them  which  could  tempt  their  wandering  from  their  usual  limits ;  the 
dreary  common  which  met  the  view,  could  not  Iw  more  bleak  and 
iahos|>itable  than  the  world  in  general  would  hare  proved  to  the 
children  of  poverty  and  nature. 

Father  O'Gallagbon  met  the  ladies,  at  the  door,  and,  familiarly  tak 

ing  Amanda's  bond,  said,  "  Why  yon  have  staid  loiig  enoagh  tu  be 

made  a  nan  of;  here  («aiil  he),  the  cakes  are  buttered,  the  tea  mode, 

and  we  ail  waiting  for  you :  all  I  jou  little  rogue,"  smirking  in  bor 

face,  "  by  tie  bead  af  St.  Patrick,  those  twinklers  of  yours  were  not 

g^ven  for  the  good  of  yonr  aoul ;  here  yon  arc  come  to  play  pcll-mel' 

among  the  bearta  of  the  honest  Irish  lads ;  ah  I  the  devil  a  doubt  bni 

^on  will  have  mischief  enoagh  to  answer  for  by  and  by,  and  then  I 

ipose  you  will  be  coming  to  me  to  confess  and  abeulvo  you ;  bu*. 

ibur,  my  little  honey,  if  yon  do  I  niu.st  be  paid  beforehand." 

Ida  disengaged  her  band,  and  entered  the  parlour,  where  th* 

ipany,  by  a  display  of  pocket-handkerchiefs  on  their  laps,  seemed 

lared  to  make  a  downright  meal  of  the  good  things  before  tliein; 

Mi«8  O'Flanogbans,  from  the  toils  of  the  tea  table,  at  lust  grew  aa 

red  as  Uie  ribbon  with  whicli  they  were  profosely  ornamented ;  tlia 

table  at  length   removed,  the  choirs  arranged,  and  tlie  leuches 

placeil  iu  the  passage  for  the  old  folkn,  tlie  signal  for  a  dance  waa 

^vcn,  by  the  pipcr'^  playing  an  Irish  jig ;  the  farmer's  eldest  eon, 

ted  in  a  new  skj-blne  coat,  bis  hair  combed  Bleek  on  bis  forehead, 

his  complexiau  as  bright  as  a  fall  blown  poppy,  advanced  to  our 

line,  and  begged,  with  muiih  modesty,  and  many  bowit,  she 

told  do  him  the  favor  to  stand  up  wiih  him  ;  she  hesitated  a  lit'le 


im  CRILDRKX      or      TUB      i.DBBr. 

when  Fatlier  O'Gftllaghan,  pTing  her  a  tnp,  or  rather  skp,  on  the 
flionlder,  mado  lier  Etart  suddenly  from  her  scat ;  lie  langhsd  lienrtily 
at  tliia,  decloriug,  be  hked  to  eee  a  girl  alive  and  merry ;  as  he  could 
not  join  in  the  dance,  he  consoled  himself  with  being  ma9t«r  of  th« 
epremoniea,  and  insisted  on  Amanda's  dancing  and  leading  off  the 
I'riest  in  hie  bootfl;  ebe  felt  littje  incliiiBd  to  comply,  hut  she  was  ono 
tf^  tliose  who  cau  sacrifice  their  own  iuclinations  lo  that  of  others ; 
Mag  direiHied  in  the  figare  hj  the  priest,  she  went  down  the  dance, 
but  the  floor  being  an  earthen  one,  by  the  time  she  concluded  it,  she 
bc|^d  they  would  encuae  her  sitting  the  remainder  of  the  evening^ 
she  felt  BO  extremely  fatigued ;  she  and  Fitzalan  would  gladly  havo 
declined  stayiup  to  sapper,  but  this  they  found  impossible,  witbont 
either   greatly  inortirying,  or  absolutely  offending  their  hospitabla 


The  table  waa  covered  with  a  proftision  of  good  country  fare,  and 
none  seemed  to  enjoy  it  more  truly  than  the  prieat :  io  the  intervals 
of  eating,  his  jests  flew  about  in  every  direction :  tlie  scope  he  gare 
to  Lis  vivaeity  exhilarated  the  rest,  so  that,  lihe  Falstaff,  he  was  not 
only  witty  himself,  hut  a  prompter  of  wit  in  iilhers.    "  Pray,  father." 


CBILDK&M   OV   run   ABaiT.  161 

Wkod  th«  man.  "Oh I  'liat  yoa  shaU  and  welcome,"  nulled  lie 
BHiiiing,  "  Why  tlien,  fatLer,"  i-oturueO  tho  other,  '■  I  ■Koalit  reftwe 
It  if  joD  forced  it  apon  me,  for  d'je  see,  bad  il  been  wurtli  one  (&r- 
'filing  yon  would  have  rcfOEed  it  to  me.'' 

"  Too  have  put  me  in  mind  of  a  very  cnrionii  story,"  eickimed 
Knother  young  man.  lu  this  one  confludcd  bit.  "  A  young  knight 
went  into  a  ohapel  in  Spain  one  moruiiig,  wliere  he  observed  ■  mcyik 
ftendiDg  In  a  sappiioatiog  attittide,  with  n  box  io  his  hand :  oe 
•aked  him  wLM  this  was  lor,  sod  learned,  to  collect  money  fur  pray- 
ing tlie  souls  c:  fifty  Oliristians  out  of  pnrgatory,  whom  the  Moon 
Juid  :uardere(l :  the  koight  threw  a  piece  of  money  into  Ilie  box,  and  ' 
tile  monk,  atter  rq>estiag  a  short  prayer,  exclaimed,  "  tliere  ia  one 
■onl  redeemed."  The  knight  threw  in  a  second,  and  the  priest,  aClei 
the  same  ceremony,  cried,  ''  there  is  luiotiier  free."  Thus  tliey  both 
vent  on,  one  ^viug  and  the  other  praying,  till,  by  the  monk'e  account, 
all  the  Eoula  were  free:  "Are  yon  snre  of  this?"  inqnired  the  knight 
*•  Ay,"  replied  tlie  priest,  they  are  all  assembled  together,  at  th« 
gale  of  Learen,  which  St.  Peter  gladly  opened  for  Ibeni,  and  they 
■re  now  joyfully  seated  in  Paradise."  "  Frort  whence  Uiey  cannot 
be  removed,  I  suppose!"  said  the  knight.  "Removedl"  repeat«d 
^e  astonished  priest,  "  no  the  world  itself  might  be  easier  reiiiorud." 
**  Tlien  if  you  please,  holy  father,  relnrn  me  my  dncato ;  Ibey  have 
4eiwmplislied  the  purpose  for  which  tliey  were  given,  and  as  I  am 
•nly  a  poor  cavalier,  without  chance  of  being  as  happily  situated,  at 
least  fur  some  years,  aa  the  souls  we  have  mutually  contributed  to 
release,  I  titand  in  great  need  of  tbein." 

Filxalnn  was  auqirised  at  llie  freedom  with  wliicli  they  treated  tht  , 
.priest,  but  he  laughed  as  merrily  as  the  rest  at  their  stories,  for  h« 
.ktiewlhal  though  they  sometimes  allowe^l  themselves  n  little  latitude, 
ttiey  neither  wished  nor  attempted  to  ajiake  otf  hiii  power. 

Filzahin  and  Amanda  withdrew  as  early  as  possible  ft'om  tlie  party, 
which  if  it  wanted  every  otlier  charm,  bad  lliat  of  novelty,  at  least  to 
tliem.  The  next  morning  Amanda  repaired  to  the  convent,  and 
Inquired  tor  sister  Mary,  the  good-natnred  nun  she  had  seen  the 
{•receding  evening;  she  immediately  made  her  appearance,  and  waa 
delighted  at  seeing  Amanda;  she  condneted  her  to  the  school-room, 
'Wlietw  the  r^st  of  the  nniis  and  the  pupils  were  assembled,  and 
Amanda  waa  delighted   wiib   tho   content  and   regiilarity  which 


UO  cBiLDKiv  or  «!■  ^.kiir. 

thnragh  them  ;  a  flight  of  rugged  itepa,  ant  ht  tfaa  lifing  rook,  li9  to 
ft  wve  OD  the  innimit  uf  one  of  the  highest;  »  oroM,  mdelj  oftmd 
upon  the  wall,  and  the  remwni  of  a  matted  oottob,  denoted  thia  having 
formerlj  been  a  hermitage ;  it  overhung  the  eea,  and  all  ahont  it 
wen  tremendoua  eragi,  agunat  whioh  the  wftTM  beat  with  rialenM; 
over  a  low  and  arched  door  was  a  amooth  done,  with  the  following 
lines  engraved  upon  it : — 

At  dHd  of  Blfht  'mid  hta  Drtani  bwi 


TBtnblLDA  all  piwIplUE*  down,  d 


Under  Amanda's  superintending  care,  the  garden  soon  loet  ita  mde 
appearance,  a  new  couch  was  procured  for  the  hermitage,  which  shr 
ornamented  with  shells  and  sea  weeds,  rendering  it  a  most  delightfnl 
recess,  the  trees  were  pruned,  the  alleya  cleared  of  opposing  bramble*, 
and  over  the  wall  of  the  Quthic  temple  she  hung  the  flowers  she  bad 
Vnrchaaed  at  St.  Catherine's,  in  fanciful  wreaths. 

Bhe  <)n«ii  asrendtHl  the  denous  path  of  the  monDtafii,  which 


■cd  refr«e)iitig  dewg,  and  almost  ever;  plant  enriohee  the  soil  from 
wLiob  it  gpriing;  Nature,  indeed,  in  all  her  works  is  a  glorious  pre- 
oedent  to  man,  but  while  eoalaved  b;  ilissipatioD,  he  cannot  tblln\r 
her  example,  and  what  e;iqDisite  Boaroes  of  enjoyment  does  he  lose — 
to  lighten  the  toils  of  labour,  to  obeer  the  child  of  poverty,  to  rni^e 
the  drooping  head  of  merit! — Oh  I  how  superior  to  the  revels  of  ilia- 
aipatioD,  or  the  ostentatioa  of  wealth. 

'■  Real  happineaa  is  forsaken  for  a  gandy  phantom  called  pleasure; 
abe  it  seldom  grasped  but  for  a  looment,  yet  in  that  moment  htta 
power  to  fix  envenomed  stings  within  the  breast;  the  heart  widch 
•leligbtfl  in  domestic  joys,  which  rises  in  pious  gratitude  to  Ileaven, 
which  melts  at  human  woe,  can  alone  eiperience  tme  pleasnra. 
The  fortitode  with  which  the  peasants  bear  their  sofferlngs,  should 
care  discontent  of  its  murmurs,  they  support  adversity  withoot  com- 
plaining, and  those  who  possess  a  pile  of  tnrf  against  the  severitf 
of  winter,  a  small  strip  of  ground,  planted  with  cabbage  and  potatoes, 
a  cow,  a  pig,and  some  poultry,  thiulc  tbcmselTes  comjiletely  happy, 
though  one  wretolied  hovel  sheliers  all  alike. 

Obi  how  rapturous,  thought  Amanda,  the  idea  of  Lord  Mortimer's 
fe«liag  recurring  to  her  mind,  to  change  such  scenes,  to  see  the  clay- 
built  hovel  vanish,  and  a  dwelling  of  neatness  and  convenience  rise  in 
its  stead ;  to  wonder,  continaed  sberWith  Lim  whose  soul  is  franglit 
with  sensibility,  and  view  the  project  of  benevolence,  realized  by  tha 
hand  of  charity,  the  faded  cheek  of  misery  regain  the  glow  of 
health— 


d  content  and  oheerfolneas  sport  beneath  its  sliadea. 
^fh>m  SDch  an  ecstatic  reverie  aa  this,  Amanda  wss  roused  one 
ning,  by  the  entrano©  of  tlie  Kilcorbans  and  I^dy  Greystock,  into 
the  dreaaing  room  where  she  was  working.  "Oh I  my  dear,"  cried 
tlie  eldest  of  the  yonng  ladies,  "we  have  such  enchanting  news  to  tell 
yon :  only  think  who  is  coming  down  here  immediately,  your  nncle, 
and  aunt,  and  cousin :  an  express  came  this  morning  from  Dublin, 
where  thej  now  are,  to  the  steward  at  Ulster  Lodge,  to  have  every 
tiling  prepared  agtunst  next  week  for  them."  "  1  deckrc,"  said  Miss 
_Alida,  "  I  shall  quite  envy  yon  the  delightful  amnsement  you  shall 
Fith  them."    Ainaftda  blushed  and  felt  a  little  confused :  "  You 


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OHILDRIX     or     THB     ApBIT. 


wfll  hkTe  no  reBSon  then,  I  lutej,'^  repKed  die,  "ftr  mJtj  I  4»'MI 
know  them."  '  ''' 

"Oh  Lord  Peidairoed  lire.  Eiloorban,  "  well  that  ii  Tuy  ottntel^ 
not  know  yonr  own  relationB ;  bnt  perbips  the^  elwrnyi  Hnd  tn 
Bootland,  uid  yon  were  afraid  to  onwa  the  m*  to  pay  them  ft  tUC* 

"If  UiRtwu  the  only  fear  Rhe  had,"  said  Lady  Oieyrtoek,  with' fc 
■atirical  smile,  "  she  conld  easily  have  snimoonted  It'^bestdea,  wttM 
It  not  havo  held  good  with  reepeot  to  one  place  aa  well  ■■  anoUietf* 
"Well,  I  never  thought  of  that,"  cried  Via.  KUeotban;  "bat  pii^, 
niisa,  may  I  ask  the  reason  why  yon  did  not  know  them  by  Mterf' 

"  It  oan  be  of  very  little  oonseqn«toe  to  yon,  madam,"  ngpBdS, 
Amanda,  ooolly,  "  to  hear  It" 

"Tliey  tay  Lady  Enphroda  Bntherland  la  Tery  BMOVplisked,* 
•xnUitned  Miss  Kiloorban,  "  so  a  correepoodenoe  with  her  wonid  Iuit* 
been  delightftil !  I  dare  say  yon  write  sweetly  yoorself ;  so  if  erer 
j'OD  leave  Oastle  Carbeny,  I  beg  yon  will  &Tonr  me  with  letters,  ftir 
of  all  tilings  I  doat  on  a  sentimental  oorrespondenoe." 

■'No  wondiT,"  BvdLady  Qreystook,  "yon  are  sopaitietdarly  wd 
qnalified  to  snpport  one." 


;  tut,''  rising  witli  their  inamtua,  and  Bolatiog  lier  iiiuoh  e 
rurmall;  than  tLey  bad  done  at  tbeir  eulrunue,  '^sLe  is  the  itest  Judge 

of  OlAt." 

Fit2«lAn  had  never  seen  the  marchioiiem  sinoe  his  marriage,  nor  did 
Ii«  dver  again  wish  to  behold  her;  the  iohuinanttj  with  which  alie 
had  treated  her  luvely  slater;  the  imdice  with  which  she  tuul  aug- 
mented her  father's  resentment  agmnat  that  poor  sufferer,  liad  so* 
•trougl;  prepossessed  his  mind  with  the  ideas  of  the  si^lfisSiuess  and 
iiaplacability  of  here,  as  to  excite  sontiuients  of  dietaato  and  aversion 
fur  her ;  he  considered  lier  as  the  usurper  of  his  cliildren's  rights ;  aa 
accedsarj-  to  the  death  of  his  adored  Mtdvins,  and  consequently  the 
author  of  liie  agunies  he  eudurtid — agouiiu  which  time,  aided  by  reli' 
gUiK,  »>uld  auaruely  cuuqner. 


1  A  P  T  E  R    XIX. 


I(  At  th«  eipected  time,  tlie  marquis  and  his  family  arrived,  with  great 
Kuidaur,  at  Ulsier  Lodge,  which  was  i id  oied lately  crowded  with 
1)  of  the  first  TODaeqiience  in  the  country,  auiung  whom  were 
ilie  Eilcorbans,  wboae  aftlueut  furtuue  gave  them  great  respeclability. 
lir.  Eilcorban  wished,  indeed,  to  bo  llrst  in  paying  his  complimeDta 
to  the  marqnis,  who  had  a  bomugh  in  his  disposal,  he  was  deeirons  of 
being  returned  for:  disappointed  the  last  time  he  sat  op  as  one  of  tlie 
candidates  for  the  county,  this  was  his  only  chance  of  entering  tlia' 
liooM  be  bad  long  been  ambitious  for  a  seat  in ;  he  knew,  indeed,  his 
oratorical  powers  wore  not  very  great,  oflen  saying  he  bad  not  tlid 
f(ift  of  the  gab  like  mniiy  of  the  hououralile  gentlemen:  but  then 
i'S  aboold  stamp  and  stare,  and  loot  up  to  gods  and  goddesses," 
fjr  their  approbation  with  the  best  uf  them;  and  beBidos,  bis  being  a 

UdlH  u*  ftJiilllid  iDlu  111*  iillHyDr  Ilia  Irlili  Boiu*  jrCoDmoH. 


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UX     TUX     ASSBT. 


meinber  of  pai-lionienl,  would  iucreasa  liis  oouaeqiwiKa,  tt  kart  ^ 
the  country. 

Tlic  rviiiJu  ]<Art  uf  his  riuiiilf  wcot  from  Ulster  Lodge  to  Cwtk  Gkfr. 
berry,  wliU-li  llicy  entered  with  a  more  ooDaeqnenlJal  air  than  aw, 
M  il'  thi'v  ilt^rived  Dew  conseqQeaoe,  tnam  the  rlait  they  kid  bev 
p(Lyi[i(;:  iiisteu'l  of  flying  np  to  Amuulo,  u  oinal,  the  fanng  ladiw 
iwain  into  the  room,  wilh  vliftt  tliey  ima^pned  %  moit  towltoUai 
elegance,  and  making  a  alidiog  courCctiy,  flang  theouelTee  upon  >  aab 
eioelly  ojipu^^itt)  the  glass,  and  alternatelj  viewed  tbenitdT*!,  ind 
ponued  tlivir  reinarka  un  IddfEaphnaia'adiew;  "  Well,  oenaiBl):, 
Alii:ia,"  suid  Mias  Eiloorbaa,  "I  will  heTe  e  moroing  gown  nuMh 
in  iiiiiliiliiiii  ofher  l&dysliip'e;  tliat  frill  of  fine  lace  about  the  seek,  b 
the  must  Leeuniing  thing  in  nature ;  and  the  pale  blue  lioiiig  wwtij 
ndajiled  fur  a  deliunte  complexion." — "  I  think,  Charlotte,"  cried  IQa 
Alic-a,  "  I  will  have  my  tambour  muiilln  in  tlie  same  style,  but  UmA 
wilh  i^iiik  tr)  sut  off  llie  work." 

"liii-  :;uut  of  your,*,  my  doar,""  excbiragd  Mm,  Eilcorbao,  "b 
r<>ully  :\  inrsoiiuble  locking  wouian  onoDgb,  and  her  daugbter  a 
pretty  lii.llt  sort  <if  body." 


CBILDueK      OV      THE      ABBIT.  HI 

lapped  up  stnlra  like  ao  H>r  eqnin.  Tbe  mapchionesa  advuicei] 
'ihout  two  3li'|H  fruiii  hor  ooiioh  to  reoeive  uh,  and  LaJy  Eiipbraiia  lislf 
%tlao  Tram  her  seat,  »tler  ocncuinplnling  us  fur  &  niiuiitt),  to  know 
WiDether  we  were  to  Le  conaiilered  aa  bainaii  creatures  or  not,  aaok 
fhcK  tnlo  lier  fcinuer  uttituiie  of  elegant  languor,  and  ooDtinned  hei 
bMverution  willi  a  young  noblnuion,  who  tuu  occompouied  them 
n  Engiand." 

Well,  I  tiiipa  yon  will  allow  he  is  a  divine  creature,"  ewlniioed 
I  Kilcarbkn,  in  an  accent  of  rapture;  "Oh,  what  eyes  he  hai," 
Med  lier  tijter,  "  what  All  hannoDlous  voice,  I  reidly  never  beheld  auy 
tes  one  BO  exquisitely  liandnunie." 

**  Lord  Uortimsr,  indeed,"  said  Lady  Oreyatock ;  Amanda  9tartc<1, 

hhiBhed,  tnmeil  pale— pan tc<]  aa  if  for  breatli,  aud  started  as  if  iu 

InuemenU    "Blesa  me,  Miss  fitzalan,"  asked  her  ladyship,  "ara 

^flM  illl" — "No,  madam,"  replied  Amanda,  in   a   trembling  voice 

1^*0»  oalv — 'tis  only  a  hltle  palpitatiou  of  tlie  heart  I  am  sul^eot  to . 

»ye  intirnipted  yoor  ladyship,  pray  proceed." — "  Well,  continued 

If  Greyitoek,  "I  was  saying  that  Lord  Mortimer  wbb  one  of  the 

elegant  and  eogaging  young  men  1  bad  ever  beheld ;  his  eiprei* 

eyes  seemed  to  reprove  the  folly  of  his  fair  companion,  and  her 

iglect  mode  him  doubly  essldnoiis,  whiuh  to  me  wu  a  moat  ood> 

Being  proof  of  a  noTile  mind." 

Eow  did  the  lieart  of  Aiuanda  swell  with  pleaenre,  at  tliis  warm 
flogism  on  Lord  Mortimer :  the  (ear  of  delight,  of  refined  afiectioD, 
tuDg  to  her  eye,  and  oonld  scarcely  be  prevented  falling. 
"Lord,  madam,"  cried  Miss  Eikorban,  whose  pride  was  mortified 
I  Amanda's  hearing  of  the  cool  reception  they  had  met  with;  "I 
n't  oonceive  the  reason  yon  ascribe  suoh  mdeDces  and  ooDoeil  to 
tdy  Enphrasia:  'tis  really  qaite  a  miaconstrnotion  of  tlie  etJqnetta 
tCCBsary  to  be  observed  by  people  of  rank." 
"I  am  glad,  my  dear,"  replied  Lady  Greystock,  "yon  are  now 
Iginning  to  proQt  by  the  many  lessons  1  have  given  you  00 
Bnility." 

**!  asmre  yon,  miss,"  said  Mrs.  Eileorhan,  "I  did  not  forgot  to  te!l 
•  marchionesa  abe  bad  a  niece  in  tbe  oelghbuurhood:  I  though^ 
ahe  seemed  a  little  shy  on  the  subject,  so  I  suppose  there  has 
a  difference  in  the  familios,  particularly  as  you  don't  visit  ber; 
ill:  U  our  ball,  perhaps  every  thing  may  be  settled."  Amanda  made 
»  reply  to  this  *].r<Tli,  an>l  tlie  l«rtlcs  dopnrled. 


173  ciiii-DHEK    or    TUB    ABiir. 

Her  bosom,  m  nuijr  well  be  nippoaed,  wm  iglUteJ  irith  &m  raatt 
violent  pertDrbations,  on  faearing  of  Lord  Hortimer'i  being  ia  tt* 
nefgbbonrbood ;  tbe  pleaKore  she  felt  at  tbe  flmt  intelligenoe,  gtwAaaif 
■ubdded  on  refleoting  be  was  la  inmate,  probably  •  Mead,  to  tboM 
relationa  who  bad  contributed  to  tbe  deatrnotloD  of  her  motbK-i 
•ad  who,  from  tlie  character  she  had  heard  of  them,  it  waa  aol 
uncharitable  to  think,  woald  fool  no  great  ragrot,  If  ber  oLdUnn 
experienced  a  deatJoj  eqoall;  eerere;  might  thej  not  tmUbtt  aouM 
pr^odlces  agunst  her  into  his  boaom ;  to  know  abe  wn  tbe  ddU  df 
the  nnfbrtonate  Ualyino,  woold  be  enoogb  to  provoke  tbdr  enml^; 
or  if  they  were  silent,  might  not  I«]f  Eufdiraaia,  adorned  vMi 
ever;  advaiUage  of  rank  and  fortone,  have  wcoi,  or  at  leMt  aoen  irla 
hia  afiectioDB. 

Tet  acaroely  did  tbeee  ideas  obtrude,  ere  abe  reprosched  benalfftv 
them,  ae  injurious  to  Lord  Mortimer,  from  whoae  noUe  nature  ah* 
thought  she  might  believe  his  constancy  never  wonld  be  ■^■^■''t 
except  she  heiself  gave  him  reason  to  relinquish  it. 

She  now  cheered  her  desponding  apirito,  by  recoiling  the  ideot  (ha 
had  long  indulged  with  delight,  as  her  reeideOM  was  still  a  eaoret  to 


warriors  bad  stepped  oat  of  tiis  niche,  anH  ttie  tcfil  t&ke  them  all^ 
[■ay,  for  tliey  grir.  sio  horribly,  they  affrigliten  me  oot  of  my  wila,  if 
i^go  througli  tlio  ball  of  a  clnrk  evening;  bo  ifone  of  tliem  old  foUows 
fi  I  was  saying,  had  jani|)od  out,  I  coald  nut  liave  been  more  atar- 
fled;  and  bank  I  ran  into  the  little  parloar,  and  there  I  heard  hia 
'Iprdship  inqniring  for  my  tnasler;  to  be  enre  the  sonnd  of  his  voice 
did  my  heart  good,  for  he  is  an  old  friend,  as  ooe  may  say;  so  as 
soon  as  he  wont  into  the  stody,  I  stole  np  stairs;  and  one  may  guess 
,lrt)at  be  and  my  master  are  talking  abuul,  I  think." 

The  emotion  of  Amanda  increased ;  she  trembled  so  she  conid  not 
^^nd :  she  felt  aa  if  lier  destiny,  licr  futnre  happincaii,  depended  on 
<^iia  minnte.  In  vain  she  endeavoured  to  re^^n  composure ;  her  spi- 
(Ha  were  wonnd  np  to  the  highest  pitch  of  expectation,  and  the  a^- 
^tioDS  inseparable  from  anch  a  state,  were  not  to  be  represt. 

She  oontinoed  near  an  bour  in  this  situation,  when  the  voioe  of 
Jlortjmer  struck  her  ear;  she  started  np,  and  standing  in  the  centra 
of  the  room,  saw  hini  walking  down  the  lawn  with  her  fatlier,  who 
him  when  he  hail  reached  the  gate,  where  his  servanta  and  hortiea 
TKBTD.  The  ciiill  of  disappointment  pervaded  tlie  heart  of  Amanda, 
tnd  a  shower  of  tears  fell  from  her.  Ellen,  who  had  remained  in  the 
as  almoet  as  maeh  disappointed  aa  her  mistress;  she  mattered 
■Dmethlng  abont  the  inconstancy  of  men ;  they  were  all,  for  her  part, 
fbe  believed,  all  alike;  all  like  Mr.  CI)ip,  capUona  on  every  occasion. 
Jtlie  dinner  bell  now  summoned  Amanda;  she  dried  her  eyes,  imd 
fied  on  a  little  straw  hat,  to  conceal  their  redness.  With  much  con- 
[kiaion,  she  appeared  before  her  father;  his  penetrating  eye  was 
iBBtanlly  struck  with  her  agitation  and  pallid  looks,  and  he  coi^jeo- 
Inred  that  aha  knew  of  the  visit  be  had  received;  on  receiving  that 
jri^t,  be  wondered  not  at  the  strength  of  her  attachment;  the  noble 
aod  ingenuous  air  of  Lord  Mortimer  had  immediately  prepossessed 
j^tzal&n  in  hia  favonr ;  he  saw  him  adorned  with  all  those  perfec- 
tions which  are  calculated  to  make  a  sfTong  and  permanent  impresfiion 
^  a  heart  of  sensibility,  and  he  gave  a  sigh  to  the  cruel  neoeeaity 
Vbich  compelled  him  to  separate  two  beings  of  such  congenial  loveli- 
it  aa  that  necessity  neither  was  nor  could  be  overcome,  he 
^oioed  that  Ix>rd  Mortimer,  instead  of  visiting  him  on  account  of  hlf 
4ftnghter,  bad  niurcly  come  on  account  of  affairs  relating  U>  the  castle 
Jnid  h.id  inijiiired  for  her  willi  a  ooolness  which  bcemcd  to  declare  bis 


IT4  CBILDKIV     or     TBI     ABBST. 

ion  toUll;  nibdned;  not  tiie  amallegt  hint  rdativs  to  &•  lattv,  1b 
wliioh  ho  I<tu1  propobed  for  lier,  dropt  from  him;  uid  Ktulan  on^ 
eluded  Iiis  affections  were  traiuferrod  to  soma  oI))Mt,  men  tfaft 
laromito  of  fortune  thtui  bb  portionlew  Amanda. 

This  object,  1m  was  inclined  to  believe  ladf  Enphnala  fiotheriaa^ 
team  vliut  Lord  Cherbory  had  loid,  oonoeming  the  qdcndid  f^"fwt 
he  had  in  view  for  bia  eon,  and  &om  Lord  Uo(tim«r'a  aeoonpaoTl^ 
the  Soslin  fauiilj  to  Ireland. 

He  felt  he  had  not  fortitnde  to  mention  thoae  eoi^eetiirM  Is 
Antanda;  he  rather  wished  she  should  imbibe  them  from  ber  own 
obiterratitHi,  aod  pride,  he  then  tmsted,  would  ooraa  to  ha  aid,  aod 
■tiniulate  her  to  overcome  her  attachment.  Dinnar  pawed  In  aHeoMt 
when  the  Bervant  was  withdrawn,  ho  resolved  to  reliere  the  anrta^ 
which  her  looks  informed  him  preaied  npon  her  heart,  by  mentionlag 
the  visit  of  Lord  Uortimer;  he  came,  he  told  her,  merely  to  Mt  tb* 
■tote  the  castle  waa  in,  and  thas  proceeded:  "Lord  Uortlniar  ia, 
indeed,  an  ek^nt  and  sensible  young  man,  and  will  do  b<»oar  to 
the  house  fVora  whence  he  is  descended ;  be  hod  long  wished,  be  told 
met  to  visit  the  eetato  which  was  endeared  to  bim  by  the  lemam*  ~ 
brancc  of  liis  iiivrL-iiilo  duTa;  but  particularly  by  ita being  the  plaoeof 


—  AuuukIh  blushecl,  and  lier  fatlier  Etill  perceivin;;  ospccinlion  in  hor 
L  4;e8,  tbua  went  oa:  "Ili«  loi^liijj  laokinl  at  some  of  c!ie  ailJao«nt 
I  grounds,  sud  as  bu  luu  meutiuued  wluit  improvemeuto  be  tbi.>uf;bt 
I  IteeeEsary  Ui  be  muilc  Id  theio,  I  faucj  lie  \iUl  not  rupe&t  bis  viaic  ur 
rafa;  mach  longer  in  tbe  kingdom." 

fc  _  In  «  few  minutes  aftar  tliia  convarsBtion,  Fitzalan  repaired  to  hia 
■HbrBTy,  uid  AmundB  to  the  garden ;  a)ie  Lutoned  t«  tbe  temple — 
Piercr  bodsbe  before  thoiigbt  it  so  pictaresque,  or  such  an  addition  ta 
nbe  landscape;  tbe  silunce  of  Lord  Mortimer,  on  entering  it,  sbe  did 
Bipti  like  ber  fatber,  believe  proceeded  altogether  fmtn  retracing 
niMeneB  of  former  Lappiness  with  bin  mother :  no,  said  uhc,  in  Ibid  spot, 
Bfb  also,  perhaps,  thought  of  Amanda. 

H  True  be  liad  mentioned  ber  with  indifference  to  ber  father,  but  tlial 
BBlght,  (and  she  would  flatter  herself  it  did.)  proceed  from  resentment, 
Hxcited  by  ber  precii)ated  flight  from  Wales,  at  a  period  when  bia 
Bffeoeived  addresses  gave  him  a  right  to  ia&rmaUon  about  all  her 
^Bjtdons:  and  hy  her  total  neglect  of  him  since;  tlieir  Onit  interview, 
Bm  trusted,  would  effect  a  reconciliation,  by  prodQcing  an  eijiluna- 
■Hon ;  her  father  then,  she  flattered  LeniDlf  tender  as  ha  waft,  depend* 
Hblg  on  her  happiness,  anil  prc|>o«aessod  in  Lord  Mortimer's  faTour, 
nroold  no  longer  oppose  their  altadiment,  bat  allow  Lord  Clierbory 
wta  be  informed  of  it,  who,  she  doubted  not,  would  in  this,  as  welt  as 
Bknry  other  inataoce,  prove  hiiuscif  truly  feeling  and  disinterested. 
H*  Time  did  Amanda,  by  encouraging  ideas  agreeable  to  her  winhes, 
^^n  to  soften  the  disappoint ment  she  had  experienced  in  the  morning. 
Hnlzslao  oa  meeting  his  daughter  at  tea,  was  not  sur|>rlsed  to  hear 
HKe  had  been  in  tbe  Gothic  temple,  but  he  was  to  see  her  wear  so 
faeerfnl  on  appearance;  he  was  no  slranger  to  the  huii'ao  bcort,  and 
f  fie  was  convinced  sunie  Battering  illusion  uould  alone  have  ciifiblcd 
mSi/r  to  tboku  off  the  soduesj  with  which  but  an  hour  bclurc,  she  had 
|K«n  opprest;  the  sooner  such  an  iUuuon  woe  removod,  tiie  better; 
BEd  to  allow  her  to  see  Lord  Mortimer,  he  imagined  uouid  be  the 
Bnost  effectual  measure  lor  such  a  purpose. 

^f  Tbe  more  he  reflected  on  that  young  nobleman's  manner,  and  what 
^Ka  liiuiself  had  Imard  from  Lord  Cherbury,  the  more  be  was  con. 
HRiuhmI  Lady  Euphrasia  Satherhind  was  not  only  the  object  dcdtinoi! 
Hpr  Lord  Mortimer,  but  tlie  one  who  now  possessed  hit^aflcctions;  and 
Hkbeiietrd  his  visit  to  Ca.<t!e  Carbcrry  bud  been  mudf,  lo  nunnunca 


17« 


RKX     or     IDE     ABBST. 


the  klteration  of  his  sentiiiieiits  b^  the  ooldiMM  of  tdl  aoadoat,  mA 
check  anj  hope*  which  bis  appeennoe  in  the  nal^boBriKwd  mi^ 
have  created. 

He  had  heeitated  ebont  Amands's  aoeeptlng  tbo  tnTttadw  to  <!• 
KikorboDs*  ball,  bat  be  now  determined  ehe  ahcrald  go,  linpnrt  nVk  ' 
the  idea  of  her  being  there  convinoed  of  the  ohanga  In  Lord  UortbMA 
setttimoDta,  a  oonTiction  he  deemed  neoeMory  to  prodneo  on*  b  km 

Amanda  impatiently  longed  for  thli  oi^t,  -wiUL  eho  ballnrci 
would  realiie  Mther  her  hopes  or  feara. 


CHAPTER  XX. 

A  crinuoD  bhah  b<r  beanteou  fka  oViptwili 
TirjUif  b*t  stiMki  by  tDm  wUb  wUMtBlndt 

Rod  ben  uid  Ihen,  sod  Hudi  kDd  fkda  ^mtsi 


17T 


not  At  least  surpass  uiy  Ainiuiiiai  roeeknasB  and  iimcKeDce  dwell  ii|inc 
the  brow  of  ray  oliild — bttl  the  hanghty  mardiioneas  will  itJioL  lu'ido 
lo  lower  npon  Lody  EnphrsBliL" 

AmantU,  on  reaching  Grangcville,  foand  the  avenue  full  ni'  <yir- 
riiges;  ibelightodispersed  through  the  hoiwe,gHveit  quiw  the  (iii|»?ar- 
once  of  an  iUamination :  it  Beenied  indeed  the  mAiisinn  of  guietj  niid 
tpkndoar ;  her  knees  trembled  aa  she  osoeuded  tJie  bljiin>,  nbc  wislicd 
for  time  to  compoBe  herself,  bat  the  door  opened,  lier  nniiiO  was 
annouDced,  and  Mrs.  Kiloorban  came  forward  to  reoeive  her.  Tlia 
room,  thongh  gpacioos,  was  extremely  crowded;  it  was  decorated  iu 
a  &Dcifnl  manner  with  foBtoons  of  flowers  intcrminfcled  witli  vui-iega- 
ted  lamps;  immediately  over  the  entrance  was  tiie  on:be«lra,  aiid 
opjiomte  to  it  sat  the  marchioness  and  lier  party.  Tho  heart  of 
Amanda  best  if  possible  with  iocroased  qiiiuknesa,  on  the  approach  of 
Mra,  Kilcorban,  and  her  Toioe  was  lost  in  her  emotions;  reoolleutiug, 
however,  the  scrutiniziDg  eyes  of  Lord  Mortimer  and  her  imperious 
relatJona  were  now  on  her,  she  almoet  immediately  recovered  compo- 
sore,  and  with  her  nsnnl  elegance,  walked  up  the  room.  Jlofit  of  th» 
company  were  strangers  to  her,  and  she  heard  a  geuoral  biizit  of 
"''Who  ia  she}"  accompanied  with  expressions  of  admiration  from  tlie 
gentlemen,  among  whom  were  the  officers  of  a  garrison  town  uvar 
Grangeville.  Contused  by  the  notice  she  attracted,  she  hnateuoj  to 
the  first  seat  she  found  vacant,  which  waa  near  the  raarchiiine.ss. 

Universal,  indeed,  was  the  adiniratiou  she  had  excited  among  t)ie 
male  part  of  the  (ompany,  by  her  beauty,  nuafFeoted  graced,  and 
Gimplioity  of  dress. 

Bhe  wore  a  robe  of  pale  white  lutestring,  and  a  crape  turbnn,  orna- 
monted  with  a  plnme  of  drooping  feathers :  she  liad  no  Rppanranin 
of  finery,  except  a  chain  of  pearls  abont  her  bosom,  from  which 
littng  her  motlior's  picture,  and  a  light  wreath  of  embroidered  Innrei, 
intermingled  with  silver  blossoms  round  her  petticoat.  Her  hair  in 
its  own  Dative  and  glossy  hne,  floated  on  her  shimlders,  and  partly 
sliadcil  a  cheek,  where  tlie  purity  of  the  lily  was  tintal  wilh  Ihu 
softest  bloom  of  tiie  rose;  on  ginning  a  seat  her  courusion  sulwidcd: 
she  lookeil  np,  and  the  first  eyes  she  met  were  those  of  Ixird  Morti- 
mer (who  leaned  on  Lady  Euphrasia  Sutherland's  chnir)  &sten[:J  im 
lior  face  with  a  scmtinizing  caniestness,  as  if  ho  wiahwl  to  peno^to 
tlif  rocesjcs  of  her  heart,  and  diiicnver  whether  he  yet  rdiiiiied  \ 


178 


COILDBCK     OF     TBI     ABBBT. 


place  in  it;  sLe  bloabed,  and  looking  Cram  him,  perui'rad  di*  vip  ^ 
olject  of  critical  attention  to  tbe  marchioneH  and  Ladj  EaphnflK;' 
there  was  a  maliguant  «zpr«wion  in  thtir  GonntenanoeB  whldi  aoa»^ 
Intel?  shocked  her;  and  die  felt  a  sensation  at  borror  at  b«bol^Iiq[ 
the  former,  irho  had  so  lerKelf  contribnted  to  the  aonowa  of  Iter 
mother,  "  Can  it  be  pcaoible,"  said  Lady  Eux>braala,  rqdyiiig  to  B 
f  onng  and  elegaut  officer  who  stood  by  her,  la  a  tone  of  aflbptatioa, 
and  with  an  impertinent  sneer,  "that  jod  think  Iwr  handioqwr' 
"IlBiiiIsomel"  exclaimed  be  with  warmtl^  aa  If  invohuitafitf  nniaiti 
ing  her  lAdyahip'i  words,  "I  think  her  bewitching  Irrwbdbla;  t)v^ 
told  me  I  was  coming  to  a  land  of  saints ;"  but  glft"'^"g  bis  ■pw**'^ 
ejes  aronnd,  and  finng  them  on  Amanda,  '^I  find  that  It  la  ilia  lanii" 
of  goddesses." 

The  marchioneas  haughtily  frowned— Lady  Enpbra^  mO*!  ■9'^' 
rieally,  toseedber  bead  and  played  witb  her  fan;  tbe  propeonfiM  *t 
eayy  and  ill-natnre,  which  the  marchioneee  had  shown  in  ber  yooPif 
were  not  leaa  viable  in  ^e :  as  they  were  then  esdted  on  bar  own 
account,  bo  were  they  now  on  her  daughter's,  to  engnMs  pralaa  aa^ 
admiration  for  her,  she  wished  beanty  blasted,  and  merit  estbpiitoil; 


komea  inGniuly  below  Lt-i  in  nuk  aad  fortone,  more  notioeil  ilian 

^  At  tlie  ball  nliu  supposed  she  elwolJ  have  appeared  as  litlle  less,  ai 
faist  thac  a  deiui-gixideati;  art  and  roshiou  were  ei]uLual«d  in  wlorn- 
|pg  btr,  luid  !>lie  entered  Uie  room  wUli  artlie  ioBuleace  ut  cunsclutv- 
nok  an<l  oSectntion  of  beaiit;.  Aa  she  walked  abe  appeared  BcaroeI> 
^e  to  supiwrt  bur  delicate  frame,  and  her  'langaisliing  eyes  wen 
^alf-dos^.  She  uoQld,  however,  see  tbera  was  a  nuitibcr  of  protl.^ 
konien  present,  and  felt  disconcerted;  the  reapect,  however,  whioli 
die  was  paid,  a  little  revived  her;  and  having  contrived  to  detaiu 
ifud  Jfurtimec  by  her  chair,  sod  Sir  Charles  Biaglef,  the  young 
ofioer  already  mentioDed,  who  wad  a  colonel  of  a  regimeut  quartered 
b  an  a4jacent  town,  she  soou  felt  her  spirita  imooramonly  exhiUratod, 
]m  the  attentiona  of  two  of  tlie  most  elegant  men  iu  the  room :  and 
Ike  a  proud  aultano,  in  the  midat  of  her  slaves,  was  e^joyiug  the 
Mmpliment^  afie  eitorCetl  from  them  by  her  prefatory  epeeuhes,  when 
|lte  door  opened,  and  Amanda,  like  an  angel  uf  light,  appeared,  to 
Hisolve  (Jie  mists  of  vanity  and  solf-irnportancc.  Lord  Mortimer  wan 
Btent,  but  his  sjieoklng  eyes  confe&sed  hia  feelings,  Bir  Charles 
Hsgley,  wlio  hod  no  secret  motive  for  concealing  hia,  openly  avowed 
Ife  admiration,  to  wliicb  Lady  Euphrasia  replied,  as  has  been  already 
Kentioneil. 

L  All  Hie  rapture  Sir  Charloa  cipveased.  Lord  Mortimer  felt;  hia  aoid 
tnmed  on  the  wing  t»  By  tii  AnianJo,  to  utter  its  feeling  to  discover 
pin,  and  chide  lier  for  her  conduct.  This  (imt  emotion  ui  tendeniesa, 
ipwever,  quiiJily  snbvided,  on  recolletting  wlint  Uiat  oau  1uot  hod 
Ijpeik— how  nruelly,  bov  ungratefully  she  had  used  him,— lieu  in  tha 
Ijbry  moment  of  hope  and  eipeototion,  leaving  Iiim  a  prey  to  distrust, 
pnxie^  and  regret :  bo  druidod  liome  fatal  iiiyatery,  some  improper 
phachment,  (experience  had  rendered  hiin  siispiciouaj  which  neither 
Bm  nor  her  father  onuld  avow:  for  never  did  he  iuiagine  that  Iht 
hr-pulous  delicacy  of  ritznlun  alone  hod  effected  their  separation ; 
Kp  atHl  adored  Amanda :  he  neitlier  could  or  destrcal  to  drive  her  from 
Ui  thon^hta,  except  well  assured  she  was  nnwonhy  uf  being  barbour- 
b  in  them,  and  felt  unutterable  impatience  to  have  her  mysterious 
Hndnct  ei|)laiiied. — From  Tudor  Hstl  be  bod  repaired  to  London, 
batles*  and  unhappy;  »«m  after  hia  arrival  there,  the  marqui* 
Mopo^ed  his  accompanying  lilui  lo  Imliind :  this  be  decUned,  having 


180  OHILDKIH     or     THE     ABBXT. 

TMSon  to  think  Lord  Ofaerbarr  m«dlUtod  on  alHaiiM  Ibr  Uni  vM 
bis  fiunilf.  Th«  mrl  expresMd  regret  &t  hia  nfml;  ha  wld  ha 
wished  lie  would  Jain  the  m&rq'ais't  partj,  u  ho  wuttd  hit  opintoD 
rebldve  to  the  stato  of  Oa«lle  Cnrberry,  where  a  mm  of  Integri^  then 
redded:  who  wonld  make  any  alterations  or  retain  ha  ad^t  Uilok 
neoewvy,  execated  in  the  mmt  elegant  manner.  He  mentioDod  tha 
name  of  Fitcalan;  Lord  Uortimer  waa  sbk-prised  and  a^tatod;  ha 
concealed  hia  emoticna,  howerer,  and  with  appnvaX  cardemotm, 
adked  a  few  queations  aboat  him,  and  found  that  ha  waa  indeed  the 
father  of  Amanda;  she  waa  not  mentioned,  ncT  did  he  dan  to  Inqidra 
concerning  her;  bnt  be  immediately  declared,  that  rince  hla  &Uur 
wished  it  ao  mnch,  he  would  accompany  the  marqnia.  ^lia  wm 
extremely  pleasing  to  that  nobleman,  as  he  and  Lord  Oherbnry  had, 
in  reality,  agreed  npon  a  onion  between  him  and  I^y  Enphnria, 
and  meant,  aoon,  openly  to  avow  thdr  Intention.  Lord  Kortbnar 
anapected,  and  Lady  Eupbrasia  was  already  apprised  of  I^  and  thm 
Tanity  waa  pleased  at  the  idea  of  being  oonnected  with  a  man  ao 
nniversally  admired:  love  was  ont  of  the  qneation,  fbr  ahe  had  not 
anfBoient  sensibility  to  experience  it. 


181 


1  was  to  support 
a  anil  tlie  giUiantry  of  Sir 
IB  to  break  tlirougb  the 


The  character  of  &  perfect  strangET,  wu 

KtllToiighoDt  the  evening;  but  her  loreline 

»r)es  Bingley,  tempted  him  a  thousand  t) 

itraiot  he  hod  imputed  on  himself. 

The  marchioDeBA  and  Ijujj  Enphrasia  were  not  the  only  perBoni 

Hapleaeed  by  the  charms  of  Amanda;  the  Miaa  Kilcorbans  saw,  with 

Bficlcnt  mortificatioD,  the  admiratioa  she  eicil«d,  which  they  had 

^flattered  themselves  with  chiefly  engrossing;  their  dissppointmeat 

»  dunbty  severe,  after  the  pain,   tronble,   and  eipeose  they  had 

^Cndergone,  in  oniamenting  iJieir  persons : — after  tlie  saggestions  of 

'  vanity,  and  tlie  flattiiring  encomiums  of  tlieir  iiifluima,  who 

eaided  hersell'  at  tlicir  toilet,  every  moment  exclaiming,  ''  Well, 

1,  heaven  help  the  men  to-night,  girls." 

lliey  Unttered  serosa  the  room  to  Amanda,  sweeping  at  least  two 

yards  of  painted  tiffany  after  tliem :  osanred  her  they  were  extremely 

glad  to  see  her,  but  were  afraid  she  was  unwell,  as  aha  never  looked 

so  ill.     Amanda  assured  tliem  she  was  conacions  of  no  indisposition, 

and   the   harmony   of    her   fealnres   remained   undisturbed.      Uiw 

Kilcorbon,  in  a  bolf-wliisper,  declared  the  marclitonesa  had  never 

Hiniled  since  she  had  entered  the  room,  and  feared  lier  loamma  had 

coroiiiitted  a  great  mistake  in  inviting  tliem  tcigether.    Tlie  rudeness 

of   thin  speech  shocked  Amanda ;    an  indignant  swell  heaved  her 

bosom,  and  she  was  about  replying  to  it  as  it  deserved,  when  Miss 

.  Alicia  stopped  her,  by  protesting,  slie  believed  Lord  Mortimer  dying 

Ubr  I^y  Euphrasia.     Amanda  involuntarily  raised  her  eyes  at  this 

■ifpeech,  but  instead  of  Lord  Mortimer,  beheld  Sir  Charles  liingley, 

fwho  was  standing  behind  the  young  ladies.     "Am  I  pardonable," 

cried  he,  smiling,  "for  disturbing  so  cliarming  a  trio;  hot  a  soldier 

id  tnoght  never  to  neglect  a  giwd  opportunity,  and  one  so  propitions 

as  the  present  for  the  wish  of  my  heart,  might  not  again  offer."    The 

Miss  Kilcorbans  bridled  up  at  tills  speech;   played  their  fens,  and 

smiled  most  graciously  on  him,  certainly  ooncloding  he  meant  lo 

en^uge  one  or  the  other  for  the  first  set;  passing  gently  between 

them,  he  bowed  graccl'ully  to  Amanda,  and  requested  the  hotionr  of 

her  hand;  she  gave  an  assenting  smite,  and  he  sealed  himself  beside 

her,  till  the  danoing  commenced ;  the  aiaters  east  a  malignant  glance 

o»er  them,  and  swniii  oT  witli  a  eontemptiions  indifference. 

Jjidy  Euiilirasiit   l.:i(l   uxpecleii    Sir   Charles   and   Lord   Mortimer 


k 


in  CBtLSKIM     O-r     IBM     ABBXX. 

VonU  iMve  been  competitors  fw  her  hand,  mi  wm  Infinttalj  pi^ 
Toked  by  the  desertion  of  the  former  to  her  ]ordy  coodn;  h»  wm* 
foahloDable  and  animated  young  man,  whom  aha  had  aftas  bowml 
with  her  notice  in  England,  and  wished  to  enliat  in  tha  tnin  of  b^F 
■upposed  ailororo.  Lord  Uortimer  coold  aoarcdy  reaton  W  goqd 
bnmonr  by  engaging  ber.  Almost  immediat«Iy  attar  hiiq  youg 
Kiloorbui  advanced,  for  the  lame  pnrpoea,  and  Lotil  HottitBar 
iiDceiely  regretted  he  bad  l>eeD  beforeliand  with  him.  Iha  little  Ibp 
<raa  quite  chagrined  at  finding  her  ladyship  engaged,  bnt  entnptal 
the  next  Mt  he  might  have  the  anpreme  honour,  and  eztatio  ftUci^, 
of  her  band ;  this,  with  the  meet  impertinent  aSeotadoD,  iha  pn>- 
mised,  if  able  to  endure  the  fatigne  of  another  danoe. 

Amanda  was  next  oonpla  to  Lady  Euphrasia,  and  eDdMTOtmd^ 
therefore,  to  cahn  her  epirits,  which  the  rudeneat  of  IGm  Kilcorban 
had  discomposed;  stie  attended  to  the  lively  oonvenation  of  Sir 
Charles,  who  was  extremely  pleasing  and  entertiuning.  Lprd  ]Iot> 
timer  watched  thorn  with  Jenlatis  attention;  his  wandering  glaoMa 
were  soon  noticei]  by  Lady  Euphrasia,  and  her  frowns  and  larcaatlo 
speeches  oriaced  her  dispkoaui-e  at  them.  He  tried  to  readleafc 
himself,  and  act  as  politeness  rcquire<I ;  she,  not  satisfied  with  fixing 


■teadiog  Dp),  to  leek  a  pnitnsr,  Al  iLe  same  mom^cit  Lord  Mc-rlimer 
'<{Qitt«i]  La*)}' ZupliraHiH ;  nUI  haw  tlio  bosom  of  Amanda  tlirubbed, 
iiTljeii  sLe  saw  him  aiiproach  aadlook  at  her;  he  paused — n  fointoess 
Mma  over  her — he  oast  another  glance  on  her,  and  ]>ftS3(jd  on ; — licr 
qn  followed  hitn,  and  she  saw  liiui  take  out  Mies  Eilcorban. 

TbiB,  indeed,  was  a  (U&a[iointmunt ;  proprietor,  she  tboughl. 
(lematided  hh  dancing  tlie  lirsl  set  with  Lady  Euphrasia:  but  if  not 
totally  iudifferent,  anrelj  ho  would  not  hare  neglected  engo^Dg  her 
for  liie  Bucond ;  "  Yea,"  said  she  t<.>  herBtH  "  be  has  totally  forgotteu 
me ;  La<1y  Euphrai^ia  ia  now  the  otjcct,  aud  he  only  pays  attentiuD  to 
ttiuse  who  can  cotitiibiite  to  lier  umnsenient.''  ISeverol  gentlemen 
endeavoured  to  prevail  on  Iter  to  daiicc,  bat  she  pleaded  faiigne,  and 
Mt  aolitarj  ia  a  window,  apparently  rtsarding  the  gay  Bssembly,  but 
in  reality,  loo  much  engroaaed  by  painfid  thoughts  to  do  so.  The 
Vooda,  silvered  by  the  boaiua  of  the  moon,  recalled  tlio  venerable 
•hades  of  Tudor  llall  to  meinorj,  where  she  had  so  often  rambled  by 
the  same  pale  heoiua,  and  heard  vows  of  nnoliangeahle  regsxd — vow* 
roistered  in  her  heart,  yet  now  without  thij  hope  of  Laving  them 
ftlfillod.  The  dancing  over,  the  company  repMrod  to  another  room 
tar  rufreslinients.  Amanda,  absorbed  in  thought,  heeded  not  their 
■Imost  total  desertion,  til]  yonug  Eilcorban,  capering  np  to  her, 
declared  she  looked  an  lonesome  as  a  hermit  in  his  cell,  and  laughing 
in  her  face,  turned  off  with  catcIcss  iinperlinence ;  be  had  not 
'BoUoed  ber  before  tliat  night;  he  was  indeed  one  of  those  little 
fluttering  insects,  who  bask  in  the  rays  of  furtnue,  and  coart  alone 
her  favourites;  elated  by  an  acquaintance  n-Hh  the  marcliionesB  ant] 
Iddy  Enphraaa,  he  parljcolarty  neglected  Amanda,  not  only  for 
'deeming  them  more  worthy  of  his  attention,  but  from  perceiving  he 
eould  take  no  stop  more  certain  of  gaining  their  tavoor.  His  words 
tnade  Amandu  sensible  of  the  singnlarity  of  her  situnlJoD ;  she  arose 
lediately,  and  went  to  the  other  roo'n.  Every  settt  was  already 
;«cciipied;  near  the  door  sat  Lady  Euphrasia  and  the  Ui^a  Eilcor- 
tans;  I/ird  Mortimer  leaned  on  the  back  of  her  ladyship's  chiur,  and 
^ung  Kiloorban  occupied  one  by  her  side,  which  he  never  attempted 
'DfTering  to  Amanda;  she  stood,  therefore,  most  unpleasantly  by  the 
^or,  and  was  exceedingly  confused  at  hearing  a  great  many,  in  a 
Vhiapering  way,  remarking  the  strangeness  of  her  not  being  noticed 
^  an  n^iar  a  relation  as  the  iDar;hioue8.s  of  Rix^linc-     A  general  litt«( 


IM  cniLDKEN     OF     TUX     ABBET. 

at  her  ■itaalioD  prevailed  among  Lady  EuplirwU'i  par^,  Iiord  3lfir> 
timer  eiceiited.  "Upon  m;  word,"  tali  jotmg  Eileorban,  iwnHn^ 
at  AmuidA,  "  some  ladies  stiulf  atUtudes,  wljich  wonld  be  as  well  lei 
aloDo." — "  For  the  study  cf  proptiet]',"  replied  har  ladyahip,  wha 
appeared  to  have  unbended  from  ber  hsuglitiacas,  "'she  would  do 
admirably  for  the  fignre  of  Ilope."  "If  she  had  bat  one  aoolior  to 
reoline  on,"  r^oinad  he.  "Yes,"  anBvrered  her  ladytliip,  "witJl  faw. 
floating  locks  and  die-away  glancee."  "  Or  eUe  Patience  on  a  noni^ 
ment,"  cried  he ;  "  Only  die  has  no  grief  btn  to  acnUe  at,"  tetamad 
I.ady  Euphrasia.  "  Pardon  me  there,"  eaid  he,  "she  has  the  gria^ 
not  indeed  that  I  believe  she  wodd  smile  at  It,  of  bung  totaQj 
eclipaed  by  yonr  ladyship."  , 

"  Or  what  do  yon  think,"  oHel  Lord  Mortimer,  whoee  qyea  q>arUed 
with  indiguatioQ  dnring  this  dialogne,  "of  likening  her  tc  Wisdom, 
pitying  the  folliee  of  hnman-kind,  and  smiling  to  see  the  ahafb  of 
malice  recoiUng  from  tbe  bosom  of  innooenoe  and  modeaty  with  (!an- 
teuipt  on  those  who  levelled  them  at  It." 

Amanda  heard  not  these  words,  which  were  delivered  in  rather  ■ 
low  voice ;  her  heart  swelled  with  indignation  at  the  impertlnenoo 
directed  to  bor,  and  she  would  liave  quitted  the  room,  liut  tbat  tiie 


CUILOHElt      or      'IDS      ABBCT.  IBS 

%ba8e  ill  qualities  she  declared  her  looks  annonoced  ber  to  poaiiees, 
I  endeavoiired  to  depreciate  her  in  his  favour,  but  that  wm 
Impossible. 
**Lord!"  said  Ladf  Enphrasia,  rising  as  she  spoka,  "let  me  pass, 
is  scene  is  sickening."  Lord  Mortimer  remained  behind  ber:  be 
Mtered  abont  the  room  and  bia  looks  were  ofUn  directed  towards 
Anianda;  ber  bopes  began  to  revive:  tbe  lostre  rekindled  in  berures, 
and  a  soft  blnsb  again  etole  over  ber  cheek :  though  engaged  to  Sir 
Charles,  she  felt  abe  coold  be  pleosed  to  have  Lord  Mortimer  maVe  an 
Overtwe  for  lier  hand.  Tlie  company  were  now  returning  lo  the 
ball-room,  and  Sir  Charles  took  her  bond  to  lead  her  after  tljem.  At 
-this  moment  Lord  Mortimer  approocbed ; — Amanda  paused,  as  if  to 
actjost  some  part  of  her  dress:  be  passed  on  to  a  very  beantifii)  girl, 
irhom  he  immediatclj  engaged  and  led  her  from  tbe  room;  shefolbwed 
a  with  her  eyes,  and  oontinned  withont  moving,  tiH  tbe  fe«-vent 
■e  Sir  Charles  gave  her  hand  restored  ber  lo  recoUectJon. 
When  tbe  set  witli  him  was  finished,  ehewonld  have  left  tbe  boose 
'directly,  bad  her  servant  been  there :  but  after  putting  np  tbe  horses, 
•iM  had  returned  to  Castle  Carberry,  and  she  did  not  expect  him  till  a 
J  late  hour.  She  declared  ber  resolatlon  of  dancing  no  mora,  and 
■Bir  Charles  having  avowed  the  same,  tbe;  repured  to  tbe  card  room, 
M  tlie  least  crowded  room  they  couHI  find.  Lady  Greystock  was 
Splaying  at  the  table,  with  tbe  marquis  and  marchioness;  sbe 
(beckoned  Amanda  to  her,  and  having  bad  no  opportunity  of  speaking 
before,  expressed  her  pleasure  at  then  seeing  her.  Tbe  marquis 
MAmined  her  through  his  spectacles — tbe  marcbione^  frowned,  aod 
declared,  "  Sbe  wonld  take  care  in  future,  to  avoid  parties,  subject  to 
teeb  disagreeable  intruders."  This  speech  was  too  pointed  not  to  be 
tamarked :  Amanda  wished  to  appear  nndisturlied,  but  her  emotions 
rew  too  powerfnl  to  be  suppressed,  and  she  was  obliged  to  move 
ftaetily  from  the  table.  6ir  Charles  followed  her;  "Cursed  malig* 
Wty,"  cried  he,  endeavonring  to  screen  ber  from  observation,  while 
tears  trickled  down  her  cheeks;  '^but,  mj  dear  Miss  FiUalan,  was 
g/oai  beantj  and  merit  less  conspicnous,  you  would  have  escaped  it; 
Ms  the  vioe  of  little  minds  to  hate  that  eicellenco  they  cannot  reach," 
is  cmel,  it  is  shocking,"  said  Amanda,  "  to  enSer  enmity  to  out- 
bre  the  object  who  excited  it,  and  to  bate  the  olBtpring  on  acccnnt 
r  the  parent;  the  (iriginol  of  this  picture,"  and  sbe  loake<1  at  bet 


IM  CBII.DEKI     OF     THE     ABBIT. 

taMttr'*,  "oMrited  not  nch  eomlnet."  8r  Chsriw  pmi  n  U;  fe 
WM  vet  with  the  letn  at  Amanda ;  he  wiped  tbem  (^  »^  V^"^*^ 
the  handkerchief  to  his  lips,  put  it  in  his  IxMom. 

At  this  initant  Lord  Mortimer  q)peared ;  be  had,  indeed,  bMB  Ar 
tome  time  an  annotioed  obeerrer  of  the  progna  of  tliie  ttto-A-tttn 
AsuonuheperMiredhehadattnctM  tb«ir  ngud  k«  qnitlad  Ito 

"  itii  lordriiip  is  like  e  tnnbled  apirit  to  nlitit,  mnd^ng  to  aod 
fro,"  Mid  Sir  Cliarlu,  "I  really  believe  everjiuiif  H  not  ligbt 
between  him  and  Lady  Eophruia.''  "Bwnethiiy  tbeo,"  <tM 
Amanda,  "  !■  in  agitation  between  him  and  her  UTiUp."  "B»  MfB 
t)ie  world,"  replied  Sir  Cliarles,  "  bat  I  do  not  alwqv  pre  ImplWt 
credit  to  ila  reports:  1  liaFe  known  Lord  Mortimer  thia  long  :in% 
anil  from  mf  knowledge  of  liim,  should  nerer  haTe  mppoaed  Isij 
EnphMKiBi  Butlierland  a  woman  capable  of  pleeaiDghim:  nay,  togivB 
my  real  oiiiniun,  1  tliink  him  quite  Qnintereeted  ^loiit  her  ladjahlp ;  I 
will  not  laj  n  much  si  to  all  other  femalei  prewnt ;  I  mlly 
Imagined  lercral  times  to-night  from  liis  glsuMa  to  yon,  he  waa  OB 
the   point   of  requesting  an  introdactioo,  which  wonld   not  hsTb 


B  CUlLUftKM     or     TBX     tSBKT.  l&T 

baen  at  Iier  departure  trom  Castle  Carberrf;  pale,  treioblmg,  and 
lasKaitl,  lier  fatLer  received  her  into  hia  aims;  for  till  niie  returned, 
be  could  Dot  tikink  of  going  to  rest,  aod  instimtlj  gue:«e4i  the  canso 
of  ber  d^ectioQ.  His  heart  luoQi'iied  for  the  pao^  tnfiicted  do  hla 
cliild's.  'Wben  she  beheld  liim  gazing  cm  her  witli  lulugled  woe  and 
tenderness,  she  tried  to  reorolt  her  siilrita,  and  relating  a  few  pnrticn- 
lara  of  the  ball,  answered  the  minoie  inquiries  be  made  relative  to  tfaa 
oondnct  of  the  marchiouess  and  La<ij  Euphratila.  He  appeared 
DnutterabI;  afibctad  on  hearing  it;  "Ueroiflil  power,"  esclaiuied  he, 
"what  dispoidtiona :  but  yoa  are  loo  lovely — too  like  j'our  mother, 
my  Amanda,  in  everj  perfection,  to  escape  their  malice — oh  I  may  It 
never  iryure  yon,  as  it  did  ber ;  may  that  Providence,  whose  protec- 
tion I  daily  implore  fur  the  Bweet  child  of  my  love,  the  aourca  of 
«irthly  comfort,  render  every  scheme  which  may  be  formed  against 
her  abortive ;  and  oh  I  may  it  yet  Wese  me  with  the  flight  of  ber 

Amanda  retirad  to  her  ohamber  ioexpresaibly  affected  by  tho  lan- 
guage of  her  father :  "  Tea,"  cried  she,  her  heart  swelling  with  pity 
and  gratitude  to  hiui,  "my  sorrow  ia  future  shall  be  concealed,  to 
avoid  eioiting  his; — the  pain  inflicted  by  thy  inconstancy,  Mortimer, 
ahaU  be  hid  withiu  tlio  reoedsee  of  my  heart,  and  never  shall  the 
peace  of  my  father  be  disturbed,  by  knowing  tho  logs  of  mine." 

The  grey  dawn  was  now  beginning  to  advance,  bat  Amanda  had 
no  inclination  for  reyoee :  as  siie  stood  at  the  window,  abe  heard  the 
aolctun  slillnetM-  of  tlie  SMne  frequently  interrupted  by  Uie  distant 
noitfe  of  carriages,  carrying  home  the  weary  bodi  and  dflQghten  of 
diasipotion.  "  Bat  a  few  hours  ago,"  aaid  she,  ''  und  how  gay,  how 
animated  wns  my  soul:  how  dull,  bow  cheeriesa  now: — Oh,  Morti- 
mer, but  a  few  hours  ago,  and  1  believed  myself  the  beloved  of  thioe 
heart ;  but  the  flattering  illusion  is  now  over,  and  I  no  lunger  shall 
be^e,  or  tbon  deceive:"  she  ohanged  ber  clothas,  and  fliuj^irg  herself 
K  the  bed,  from  atere  tatigne  sunk  into  a  alumber. 


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TBI     ABBBT. 


■Igli  hMrad  hsrlMnam;  but  it  iru  rather  llia  rigk  of  iCgret  ttaa 
plewnre ;  with  inoh  an  aeranl  h  this,  Lord  Kortinur  wu  woot  to 
addnm  her  at  Tudor  Hall,  but  she  bad  now  naaon  to  thiak  it  tmlj 
auuined,  fur  the  pnrpou  of  disoovering  whvUiar  ibe  jtit  retaioed  a^j 
feiuibility  for  him.  llad  be  not  ti«Med  ber  witb  tha  moat  poioMd 
ne^«ot:  waa  be  not  tbe  declared  admirer  of  lAdyEnphnuia I  haihc 
not  confeaaed,  on  entering  the  room,  lie  oama  to  aMk  not  bar,  bot  ber 
&tliert  Theee  ideas  nwhing  throngfa  her  mind,  detarmlned  hm  to 
eomlnne  no  longer  witb  him :  delicacj  aa  wdl  aa  pride  urged  bar  to 
thla;  for  ihe  fisared,  if  abe  longer  liiteaed  to  bia  trt'n"eting  '""fTp, 
it  migbt  lead  her  to  batraj  tbe  fieeliiige  «f  ber  heart;  dM  tbweAM 
aroae,  and  aaid  she  wonld  aoqnaint  her  father  bla  hvdablp  waited  fcr 
Urn. 

"Cold,  insendble  Amaodfi,"  cried  he,  anatohlDg  ber  hand,  to  pi»- 
Tent  her  departing,  "is  it  thna  job  leave  met  Wbm  we  parted  la 
Vales,  I  could  not  have  believed  we  should  ever  bave  bad  meh  b 
meeUng  na  this." 

"Perluqis  not,  mj  lord,"  replied  elie,  wmewbat  ban^tllji  "ktt 
e  botli  ihongltt  more  praJently  aincp  tliat  pcrii)d," 


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isUkcn  i 


d,"  cried  sbe,  (tartlag  Had  itmggling  to  witliilraw  har  buul. 
VI^oiui»e,  tl<«n,  To  dic^I  iu«,"  he  said,  rJii«  ereulng,  r1  St.  Catharine'*, 
f  Bevcii,  or  I  will  Dul  let  jon  go ;  my  eonl  will  bo  in  turlure  till  I 

0  joar  Mliona  ei plained."    "  I  do  prornine,''  saiil  Auiaiidn.    Lord 
mer  releasci)  ber,  and  Hh«  retired  into  ber  duiinber  juet  liiiio 
h  to  Nvold  lier  fnther. 
tin  Ler  Lopee  began  to  revive;  egola  she  believed  ihe  wu  not 

1  Boppiisiiig  Lord  Uorlimer  bad  come  JoU)  Irelaud  on  tier 

nt.    Hie  being  uieiilioned  as  tbe  admirer  of  Lndj  EEiphrouo, 

Bappoeed  owiag  to  Lis  being  a  residant  in  the  home  with  h«r. — 

iC  berselt',  bod  lie  beon  indiflereut,  he  Dever  conkl  have  betrayed 

enMitUiDs;  his  looks,  ae  well  as  hia  language,  expressed  the  feel- 

if  a  heart  l«ndorly  altaolied  and  truly  distressed.      l*it  any  cir- 

e  had  happened,  nhich  would  prevent  a  renewal  of  that 

chment,  she  felt  oa  mach  impatience  aa  he  manifested,  to  give  the 

d  ei{ilanUi(iu  of  her  conduct. 

>  His  lordship  was  Hcarccly  gone,   ere  Lady  Greyatoeli  made  bar 

Amnnda  siippused,  as  nsofd,  ahe  only  came  to  pay  a 

jring  viitt;  how  great,  Uien,  was  her  mortiSeation  and  surprise, 

□  ber  ladyship  told  her  she  yraa  come  U>  spend  tlie  day  quite  iu 

t  family  vay  with  her,  as  the  ladies  of  Qrangevllle  were  so  busy 

Mpariog  for  a  splendid  entertainment  they  were  In  be  at  Uio  ensu- 

g  day,  that  they  had  esuluded  all  visitors,  and  rendered  the  house 

^te  disigrewble. 

loda  endeavoured  to  appear  plooaed,  but  to  couvcrae  she  fonnd 
oat  imposible,  her  tlimights  were  so  engrossed  by  an  absent 
Ml;  happily  her  ladyship  was  so  very  loqnacioua  bersell^  as  at  all 
■  Ui  require  >  hatener  more  than  a  speaker;  she  was  therefore 

1  salisHed  with  tlie  tAcitarnity  of  ber  fair  companion.     Amanda 
o  derive  some  comfort  fl-om  the  bo|je  tliat  her  ladyship  would 

't  early  in  the  evening,  lo  which  she  fiattered  herself  she  would 

{^induced  by  (be  idea  of  a  comfortable  wbist  party  at  home.    Bnt 

[  o'clock  Etmdc    and  she   manifested    no  inclination  to  move. 

leanda  waa  in  agony;  her  cheek  wia  finsbed  with  a^tatioa;  ahe 

«  and  walked  to  the  window,  to  conceal  her  emotion,  whilst  her 

IT  and  Lady  Greyetock  were  convenung;  the  former  at  la«t  sai^ 

d  some  letters  to  write,  and  begged  her  ladyship  to  eictise  hi* 

•  for  a  f*w  minute.''. — Thii  she  most  p^cioii>ly  promiMwl  Oi  do 


ISa  CMILDUBH      or      TBB      ABBItr. 

ud  pnlliDg  out  her  knotting^  reqnested  Amanda  to  read  U 

time.     Amandu  look  np  a  book,  but  was  so  confused,  dbe  Bcoroe)]' 

liuew  what,  or  how  she  read. 

"SufUy,  softly,  my  dear  child,"  at  last  oxulaimed  her  ladyship, 
whoBO  attention  could  by  no  roeam  keep  pace  with  the  rapid  manner 
in  wbioh  ehe  read.  '4  protest  yon  poet  on  with  as  raueb  espeuitioa 
a»  my  Lady  Blerner's  ponies  on  the  circular."  Amanda  blushed  Mtd 
bet;aa  to  read  iduwly ;  bnt  when  the  ciook  struck  seven,  licr  f«eliD|^ 
could  no  longer  be  repressed.  "  Good  heoven,"  cried  she,  letting  tba 
book  drop  trom  her  band,  and  starting  from  her  chair,  "tiiu  is  too 
much."  "  Bless  me,  uy  dear,"  said  Lady  Grcjstock,  staring  at  her, 
^  What  is  the  matter  j"  "  Only  a  blight  boad-oclie,  mulaio,  answered 
Amanda,  continuing  to  walk  about  the  room. 

Her  busy  liuioy  represented  l«rd  Mortimer  now  impatiently  wut- 
ing  for  her — tbinkitig  in  every  sonnd  which  echoed  among  the  diMO- 
late  ruins  of  St.  Catliarine's  ho  heard  her  firatsteps,  his  sool  mating 
with  tenderoess  at  tlie  ides  of  a  perfect  reconciliation,  which  an 
unsatisfied  doubt  only  retarded.  What  wonld  he  infer  from  her  not 
keeping  an  a;>poiiit[nent  so  ardently  desired,  so  solemnly  promiaed. 


bcr  befaftvjour,  and  aiiologizing  for  the  manner  in  wRicL  b)«  Lai] 
aoted,  took  lier  seat  with  some  degree  of  coiuposore.  FiCziiIiiu  scon 
after  entered  the  room,  and  t«a  wob  made ;  when  over,  Lady  Gref- 
stock  declared  they  wer«  a  anng  party  for  tbrec-Landed  wbist. 
Amanda  would  gladly  have  eicneed  beraelf  irom  being  of  the  party, 
bat  poll tenosa  made  her  conceal  her  relnctance;  her  estreme  d^ec- 
tioD  wu  noticed  both  by  Fitzalan  andber  ladysltip;  the  latter  iu)|iu> 
ted  it  to  regret  at  not  being  permitte<l  by  her  father  to  accept  an 
LuTitatiou  she  bad  received  for  a  ball  the  enaning  evening. 

"Don't  fret  abont  it,  my  dear  creatare,"  eoid  she,  laying  doivn  Uii» 
oarda  ti>  administer  the  consolation  she  required,  "■  'tia  not  by  freijaent- 
ing  balla  and  public  places  a  girl  alwaya  stands  the  best  chance  of 
being  provided  for ;  I,  for  my  part,  have  been  married  three  timei, 
yet  Dover  made  a  couqtieet  of  any  one  of  my  husbanda  in  a  publia 
I'lace:  no,  it  was  the  privacy  of  my  lU^  partly  obtained  for  me  ao 
loany  proola  of  good  fortime.'' — Fitzalan  and  Amanda  laughed.  "  I 
shall  never  bo  disiuitisEed  witb  staying  at  home,"  Bn.id  tlie  latter, 
"  though  witliuut  either  expecting  or  desiring  to  hiiTe  my  retirement 
recompensed  as  your  ladyship's  was," 

"One  prize  will  satisfy  yon  then,"  Bwd  Rtzalan.  "All I"  cried 
Lady  Greyetock,  "  it  is  Lady  Euphrasia  BulherJand  >rlio  will  obtain 
the  capital  one;  I  don^t  know  where  such  another  young  man  as 
Lord  Mortiiner  is  to  be  found."  "Then  yoor  lailyshlp  sapposeii," 
lud  Fitzalan,  "  there  is  some  truth  in  the  reports  circulated,  relativfl 
to  bim  and  Lady  Enphraaia."  "I  assure  you  there  is,"  said  aha, 
"and  I  tlunk  the  connection  to  be  a  very  eligible  one;  their  birth, 
their  fortones  are  equal-"  But  oh  i  thought  Amanda,  how  unlike 
their  dispositions.  "I  dare  say,"  proceeded  her  ladyUiip,  "Lady 
Enphraaia  will  have  changed  her  title  before  this  time  next  year." 

Fitzalan  glanced  at  Amanda;  her  &ce  was  deiuily  pole,  and  dIia 
pnC  him  and  Lady  Greyslock  out  in  tlie  game  by  the  eri-ora  she  com- 
ntitttid.  At  lost  the  carriage  frora  Grasgeville  arrived,  and  broke  up 
a  parly  Amanda  could  not  much  longer  have  supported.  Iler  father 
perceived  the  painful  elTorts  ahe  made  lo  conceal  hor  diatreaa:  he 
pitied  her  from  his  son],  and  pretending  to  think  ahe  was  only  iudia- 
posed,  entreated  her  to  retire  lo  her  chamber.  Amanda  gladly  com- 
plied with  this  entreaty  and  began  lo  meditate  on  what  Greystock 
bad  said:  Was  there  not  n  probabillCy  of  its  being  true!    Might  not 


184  1.  ]i  I  1.  iiiiKS    or    TiiK    ABarv. 

the  IniliSbrdnuo  Lurd  Uxirliiuor  Iisil  monirtated  on  bis  lint  Utlvp 
Uio  ni-igbboarUooJ,  Ituve  rtiatly  originated  &am  a  clianpa  of  aflb^ 
HudbI  iniglit  not  the  tenJcrti#»  lie  displajud  iu  the  inorauig,  him 
be«n  concerted  with  the  hope  of  its  induciug  hor  to  gratify  his  taai- 
o«t;,  bj  ralatjug  tho  retktoa  of  ber  jonnie;  from  Wales,  or  plcue 
hia  vanity  by  tempting  her  to  give  some  proof  of  attachment!  But 
she  soon  receded  from  this  idea,  lady  GrejBlock  was  not  iolaUihtA 
In  her  judgment:  it'iMrta  of  appronobing  onptiab  Amanda  knew  had 
of>,en  Ixiou  riusod  without  any  foundation  for  tham ;  tlie  preMDt 
report,  relative  to  Lord  Uurtimer  and  Lady  Euphrasia,  ml^it  ba  one 
of  that  naltira;  she  could  not  believa  him  so  egrcgioualy  vaia,  or  M> 
deiiberiitcly  ba^e,  as  to  counterfeit  teDdernewi,  merely  for  the  purpoaa 
of  Imviug  his  cariosity  or  vanity  gratified;  she  telt,  however,  troljr 
Bcliappy,  aud  uontd  derive  no  couBotation  bnt  from  tiio  hope  that  her 
MisperiHe,  at  least,  would  soon  be  terminated. 

She  pR«.->ed  a  restle.^  nigbt,  nor  was  her  luorning  more  oompoaad  j 
■he  i;uul'J  nut  settle  to  any  of  ber  usna]  avocations;  every  at«p  ab* 
hoird,  shu  started  in  expectations  of  instantly  seeing  Lord  Uortimar, 
but  ho  did  not  appear.     After  dinner,  she  walked  out  alone,  and  took 


^V  CUItDBES      OP      THB      ABBET.  195 

^^Uad  jHfit  turned  the  cloisters,  trbcii  I  heard  a  quiet  foot  pacin);  titer 

^HBlB :  well,  I,  gnpposing  it  to  be  one  of  the  sisters,  w&lked  hIowI;  thaV 

^K  'Ae  migljt  easily  overtake  mo ;  but  jou  may  guess  my  surprise  when 

I  waB  overtaken,  not  by  one  of  them  indeed,  but  by  one  of  the  flneat 

and  most  beaotifol   young  men  1   evor  beheld.     Lord  how  he  did 

aUtrt  when  he  saw  me,  just  for  all  the  world  as  if  I  were  a  ghost: 

P  looked  quite  wild,  and  flew  off  muttering  something  to  himself. 
ill,  I  thoaght  all  thJB  atrange,  and  was  making  all  the  haste  I  coald 
the  oonvent,  when  he  appeared  again,  coming  from  under  that 
Drokeo  arcli,  and  he  bowed  and  smiled  so  sweetly,  and  held  his  liat 
in  hb  Land  so  respectfully,  whilst  he  begged  my  pardon  for  the  alarm 
he  had  given  me;  and  then  he  blushed  and  strove  to  hide  his  conf^- 
■ion  with  bia  handkerobief,  while  he  asked  me  if  I  bod  seen  e'er  a 
yantig  lady  about  the  rains  that  evening,  as  a  particalar  friend  had 
Informed  him  she  would  be  there,  aud  desired  him  to  esoort  Ler 

^^^  "Why,  my  dear  sir,"  says  I,  "I  have  been  about  this  place  the 
^^Ppbole  evening,  and  here  has  neither  hei.'n  man,  woman,  or  child,  bat 
^^Bod  and  myself;  so  the  young  lady  changed  bcr  mind  and  took  anoth- 
^Hlr  ramble."  "  So  I  suppose,"  said  he ;  and  he  looked  so  pale,  and  so 
^^RpelBnchuly,  I  could  not  help  thinking  it  was  a  sweetheart  he  had 
^^Haen  seeking ;  so  by  way  of  giving  him  a  bit  of  comfort,  "  Sir,"  says 
^Hl  "  if  you  will  leave  any  marks  of  the  young  lady  yon  were  seeking, 
^BWth  me,  I  will  wateh  here  myself  &  little  longer  for  her,  and  if  she 
^H-tttmea,  I  will  lell  her  how  nDcasy  yon  were  at  not  Ending  her,  and  bo 
^Blibre  to  despatch  her  after  you."  "No,  he  tlianked  me,"  be  said, 
^HVbut  it  was  of  very  little  consequence,  hid  not  meeting  her,  or  indeed 
^^HAether  he  ever  met  her  again,"  and  walked  away. 
^^m,  "Did  h«!"  said  Amanda. 
^Hj    "Bless   met"   eiulainie^.   tl.e  nun,   "you   are   worse   instead   of 

^H]   Amanda  acknowledged  she  was,  and  rising,  reqnestod  she  would 
^^BlVinse  her  for  not  paying  her  compliments  that  evening  at  the 

^^F,Bister  Uary  pressed  her  to  drink  tea  with  the  prioress,  or  at  least 
^^^ba  some   of   her    excellent    cordial;   but  Aimmda   refiised   both 
^^Haqneeta,  and  the  affectionate  nan  saw  her  depart  with  reluclanM. 
^^F  flnarcely  had  she  regained  the  road,  ere  a  coaeli  and  six,  ^twjfAiA 


tea  cuiLUiiE:*    or    thh    abukt. 

and  followed  by  i  number  of  sttendants,  approaofaed  vitb  auela 
qoiclmess,  that  site  was  obliged  to  step  aside  to  avoid  it :  looking  in 
mt  the  window  as  it  passed,  she  saw  Lord  Mortimer  and  Lady  EuphrA' 
Bia  seated  in  it,  opposite  to  eocb  other;  she  saw  tbey  both  perceiTed 
ber,  and  that  Lady  Eapbrasla  laughed,  and  pnt  ber  head  forward  to 
slAre  imperciiienlly  at  her. — Amandsi  was  mortified  that  tbey  had 
•een  ber ;  there  was  HoiuetblDg  at  the  mouient  huinillaliiig  iu  tba  con- 
trast between  their  aitHBtlon  and  bers;  she,  d^ucted  and  solitary; 
they,  adorned  and  attended  with  all  the  advantages  of  fortune.  But 
in  the  eatimatJOD  of  a  liberal  mind,  cried  she,  the  want  of  sncli  advan- 
tages can  never  lessen  nie — such  a  mind  as  I  Batter  myself  Lord 
Uortimer  possesses.  Ah,  if  be  thinke  as  I  do,  be  would  prefer  ft 
lonely  ramble  in  the  desolate  spot  1  have  Just  quitted,  to  aJI  tli* 
parade  and  magnilioence  he  is  about  witnessing.  The  night  part 
heavily  away,  the  idea  of  Lord  Mortimer's  devoting  all  Ids  alleDtion 
to  Lady  Enphraaie,  could  not  be  driven  from  ber  mind. 

Tba  neit  morning  the  tirst  object  she  saw,  i^  going  to  tlie  window, 
was  a  large  frigate  lying  at  nucliur  near  the  castle.  Ellen  entering  her 
chamber,  sighing  heavily,  as  she  always  did,  iudeed,  at  Uie  bigbt  of  « 
ship,  said,  she  wished  it  contained  ber  wandenng  sailor.  Amanda 
indulged  a  hope  that  Lord  Mortimer  would  appear  in  tJie  course  of  tha 
day,  but  she  was  disappointed.  She  retired  after  tea  in  the  evening 
to  her  dressing  room,  and  seated  in  tbe  window,  ei^oyed  a  calm  and 
beautiful  scene ;  not  a  cloud  couc<?aled  tbe  bright  azure  of  the  flrma- 
ment ;  tbe  moon  spread  a  line  of  silver  radiance  over  the  waves,  that 
Stole  with  a  roolanciioly  murmur  upon  tbe  shore;  and  the  nlence 
which  reigned  around,  was  only  interrupted  by  the  faint  noise  of  Iha 
mariners  on  board  the  frigate,  and  their  evening  dram.  At  last 
Amanda  heard  the  paddling  of  oarf,  and  perceived  a  large  boat 
ooming  from  the  ship,  rowed  by  edlors  in  white  shirts  and  ti'owser^ 
their  voices  keeping  time  to  their  oara.  The  appearance  they  mad* 
was  picturesque,  and  Amanda  watched  them  till  tbe  boat  disappeared 
among  the  rocks.  The  supper  bell  soon  after  summoned  ber  from  th« 
window ;  but  scarcely  had  she  retired  to  her  chamljer  for  the  nigh*, 
ere  Ellen,  amiling,  trembling,  and  apparently  overcome  with  joy, 
appeared. 

"I  have  seen  him,"  cried  she,  hastily,  "oh,  maUm,  I  have  been 
poor  Chip  himself  and  he  is  as  kiod  and  as  lriic-hefirt*d  oa  ever 


I  S  went  thJA  evening  to  the  villnga  to  Bee  old  Norob,  to  whom  7011 
I'WBt  tbe  lioeii,  for  abe  is  a  pleading  kind  of  pot;,  and  does  not  laagh 
f  Ska  the  rest  at  one,  for  their  Welch  tongue ;  ho  when  I  waa  reluming 
r^me,  and  at  a  guot  tistonoe  trom  her  cabin,  I  saw  a  great  DDiuber 
I  Jtf  men  coming  towards  mo  all  dressed  in  white  j  to  be  sure,  as  I 

^d  a  great  teal  apout  te  white  p«}'3, 1  thongbt  these  wore  notldog 
and  I  did  so  quake  and  tremble,  for  there  were  neither  hole,  or 
f  ^osh,  or  tree,  on  the  epot,  that  wtiuld  have  aholtered  one  of  the  little 
I  tbity  Curies  of  Poiimaontnawr. — Well,  they  came  on,  shouting  and 
K  jai;ghing,  and  merrier  than  I  thought  snch  rognes  ought  to  be;  and 
Kue  moment  tlioy  eapied  me,  thej  gntherod  around  me,  and  began 
Efcdliug  me  apout ;  bo  I  gave  a  great  scream,  and  tlrectly  a  voice  (lort, 
Kjww  mj  heart  jumped  at  it,)  crieil  ont  that  is  Eilen ;  and  to  b«  snra 
KJxoor  (JLip  soon  had  me  in  his  arms;  and  then  I  heard  they  were 
nitilora  fkim  the  Irigatc,  come  to  get  provisioua  at  the  village;  so  I 
ElRaiiad  paok  with  ihem,  and  Uicy  had  a  great  powl  of  whiakey  pnnoh, 
K#nd  ■  whole  sight  of  cakes,  and  Chip  told  me  all  his  adventures ;  and 
■jhs  was  so  glad  when  he  heard  I  lived  with  you,  because,  be  said,  jou 
WMW^  B  sweet,  mild  young  lady,  and  ho  woa  sure  you  would  sometimee 
HpnuDdoieof  liim,  and  he  hopeasoon  to  get  his  discharge,  and  then — 
K,  "  You  are  to  be  married,"  said  Amanda,  interpreting  the  blushes  and 
npitatiun  of  Ellen. 

WS  "  Tea,  matam,  and  I  assure  yon  Chip  is  not  altered  for  the  worse  by 
Km  flea-faring  life ;  his  voice,  indeed,  is  a  little  of  the  roughest,  but  hi 
IJbald  me  that  was  owing  to  his  learning  Uiepoabiwuiu's  wliistle;  poor 
Kfcllnw.  he  sails  to-morrow  niglit;  the  ship  is  on  the  Irish  station,  and 
MJJuy  are  to  coast  it  to  Dublin." 

■^  "Happy  Ellen,"  aaid  Amanda,  as  she  retired  from  her  chamber, 
■jythy  perturbations  and  disquietudes  are  over;  asanred  of  the  affection 
B^tby  village  swain,  peace  and  clieerfulaess  wiU  reuume  their  empire 
Hpi  thy  breast." 

kT  "The  next  evening,  at  twilight,  Amanda  went  down  to  the  beacb 
Ij^fh  lier  father,  to  see  the  fishermen  drawing  their  seines  on  shore, 
Vhn  i/hivh  their  hopes  and  the  comfort  of  tlieir  family  de[>end. 
RWhilst  Fittalan  conversed  witli  them,  Amanda  rested  liorself  on  a  low 
HDdc,  to  observe  their  motions;  in  the  murmnr  of  the  waves  there 
Phns  a  gentle  melancholy,  in  unisoi.  with  her  present  feelings;  from  a 
■VCDsive  medilalion,  which  had  gradually  rendered  htr  inatWDlive  lu 


US 


OMILDSax 


ow  Tsa  ABBsr. 


ths  .Mm  bafiue  her,  ihe  vm  raddanlj  ranad  bf  tiIni  hMti  -(Nil 
Bhe  itarUil  from  har  seat,  tat  in  on*  of  than  riM  Inmtiifl  As  jRJlb 
tiogiililicdtheBMeiitof  LordUortbtwr;  norTM  dia  oditalMa|||^ 
wu  (MeDding  »  winding  patli  near  hor,  aMOi^aalad  I7  a  B>rd  lifff 
««r.  To  pua  witfiont  sMing  b«r  was  impo«ibla;  aad  «&■  in)iMri>f§ 
h«r,F«  stopped,  appaniitlyliwUtiiigwhetbar  or  ant  htdiaaU«Mtatf 
her.  Id  m  few  minute^  hU  b«lt»a<M  vaSai  witb  wniat  U«  lii|<r 
k«r^tf  M  if  to  bid  her  mdien,  whlkt  ha  praiMdad  taaaiHfll|«g| 
wbicn  bftd  been  for  rame  ttma  lying  in  •  emek  h 
which,  on  reoetTing  him  and  Ua  o 
thefHg»t«.  AmMida  tMmbM,  her  heart  beat  Tfata4;r.  BNiM 
■infor.n»d  b«r  Um  ftigate  wm  to  sail  that  n]^;  and  lAat.  «f4 
Indnoe  lord  Moitimw  to  riritit  ataocb  an  hoar,  auNfitaata 
of  depdrtiog  la  it. 

Unoertunt?  la  dreadnil ;  alte  grew  alok  witfa  anxiety  brfbra  kar 
&ktherT«lwii«dt«  theCMtle;  00  entering  It,  abetinmaiHat^y  wfiha^ 
to  her  ohamber,  and  oalUng  £Uea  haatilj,  demanded  tf  Obifft  iiMJb 
genoa  «4a  true.  -  ,> 

■Alas I  yoe,"  replied  Ellen,  necpiiig  liolenllj-,  "and  I  know  tlia 


kin^ont  at  the  warea  and  lislenii.g  to  tlie  winds.  "Wdl,  liasteo 
"  criwl  Le,  "  aud  tell  licr  ahe  a  ill  oblige  iiie  greatly  by  raeetlag 
s  unmediatel;  nt  tUc  rtraks  beyond  tlie  castle."  I  promised  him  I 
raid,  and  lie  put,  nay,  int«<id,  forced  Gve  guineas  into  my  liand,  and 
d  oft  anutber  roud,  charging  me  not  to  forget,  pat  as  I  was  uear 
jforah'e,  I  thought  I  might  jnst  atep  In  to  soe  how  she  did,  and  when 
JtUtt  her  1  met  poor  Cliip,  and  lort  know*  I  am  afraid  he  would  have 
le  forget  my  own  t«iar  lather  and  aiotLer." 
"Oh,  Ellen,"  cried  Amanda,  "  how  conld  you  ierre  me  ai)." 

w,"  said  Ellen,  redoubling  her  tears,  "  I  am  certainly  one 

t  the  most  miaibrtiinal«  prla  in  the  world;  hot- lort,  now,  Miss 

k,  why  should  you  be  ao  Borrowfnl ;  for  oertan,  tuy  lort  lore* 

a  too  well  alwayi)  M  be  angry;  there  i»  poor  Chip  now,  though  he 

aght  I  loved  Parson  Howell,  he  never  forgot  me," 

I  £Ilea's  efforts  at  coneoiation  were  not  BDccessl'ul,  and  Aniauda  din-  ' 

d  tier,  that  nnnolioed  and  nnrestrained  she  might  iuilulge  the 

a  which  flowed  at  the  idea  of  a  long,  laatiag  separation,  perhaps, 

a  Lord  llortiiiier;  olTeuded,  justly  offended,  as  he  suppotied,  with 

■r;  the  probability  was,  she  would  be  baiiiidied  hie  thoughta,  or 

If  remembered,  at  least  without  esteem  or  t<?nderiie-ss ;  thus  might 

■  heart  soon  be  qualified  for  making  another  choice.    Slie  walked 

p  the  window,  and  saw  the  ship  already  under  weigh  ;  she  «nw  the 

)  sails  fiutteriiig  in  the  breeze,  and  heard  tlie  shouts  of  (Jie 

lers,     "  Oh  Mortimer  1"  cried  she,  is  it  thus  we  part  ?  is  it  thus 

«  expoetatioos  yon  raised  in  my  heart  ore  disappointed  t      Yon  go 

ince,  and  deem  Amanda  anwortliy  a  farewell ;  you  gaze  perhaps  ai 

on  Castle  Carberry  without  breathing  one  sigh  fur  it< 

lKbitju]l«;  ah,  had  you  loved  sincerely,  never  would  Ihe  impulse  of 

■entnioiit  have  conquered  the  emotion  of  tenderness ;  no,  Mortimer, 

n  dei^eived  me,  and  perhaps  yourse11\  in  saying  I  was  dear  to  yon: 

)  1  boco  so,  never  conld  you  have  acted  in  Uiis  manner."    Her 

8  followed  the  course  of  the  vessel,  tilt  it  appeared  like  a  spct^k  in 

e  borinm.    "  He  is  gone,"  said  she,  weeping  afresh,  and  wlthdraw- 

g  herself  (ram  the  window ;  "  he  is  gone,  and  if  I  ever  meet  him 

ii  will  probably  be  ae  the  hnsbaod  uf  Lady  Euphrisia  " 


CHAPTER    SXII. 


Lord  Mdbtimeb  bmj,  !□  reality,  departed  with  seDlimentB  i 
nnfaTourable  to  AtaaQJa;  he  liad  waited  iinpetieotly  at  Bt.  O&l 
fine's,  in  fund  eipcntation  of  having  bH  hi9  donbta  removed  b 
candid  eiplonation  of  tlje  motivee  which  caused  her  predpitatejoi 
ney  &oni  Wales;  his  buuI  siglied  for  reconciliation;  bis  U 
waa  redoubled  by  being  so  long  reatraine<] ;  the  idea  of  folding  h 
beloved  Amanda  to  his  boBom,  and  bearing  that  she  deserved  ail  tl 
lenderness  and  sensibility  which  glowed  in  that  bosom  for  her,  | 


CItiLDIlEN     or     T 


hood.  Th«  iinexpect«d  sight  of  Amanda,  as  sba  Btood  on  &  iitUe 
*lefiited  bank,  to  uToid  the  carriage  caused  a  sudden  eruoCiun  of 
surpriM  and  delight  in  bis  bosom;  the  abnost  powers  of  uIlh^uuiim 
coold  not  hare  pleaded  her  caaae  bo  successfully  as  her  owo  iijipetir' 
ance  at  that  minate  did ;  the  languor  of  ber  face ;  its  uiilJ  and 
seraphic  expression;  her  |>0!iBive  attitude,  and  the  tiuiid  inodtsty 
w^ith  whioh  abe  K^mo'd  sliriuking  from  obaerrstion,  all  tooc^hc-d  the 
■eiiHibility  of  Lord  Mortimer,  awakened  his  aotlcst  feeliuga,  revived 
hia  hopes  and  made  him  resolve  to  seek  anotlier  opportunity  ol 
demaniliBg  an  explanation  from  her.  The  sadden  ooloor  which 
flashed  in  his  cheeks,  and  the  sparkling  of  his  eyes,  as  he  looked  from 
the  carriage,  attracted  the  notice  of  bis  companions:  Ihcy  smiled 
maliciotialy  at  each  other,  and  Lady  Eaphrasia  declared  she  supposed 
the  girl  was  stationed  there  to  try  and  attract  admiration,  which, 
perh«pE,  her  silly  old  father  had  told  her  she  merited ;  or  else  to  meet 
with  adventures.  Lord  Uortimer  drew  iik  his  bead,  and  tlie  contrast 
between  her  ladyship  and  lie  feir  Ijeing  he  bad  been  looking  at, 
never  sCmck  him  so  forcibly  aa  at  that  moment,  and  lussent*)  oiii;  as 
much  aa  it  elevated  the  other  in  his  estimation. 

lie  wandered  near  the  castle  the  next  evening',  in  hopes  of  me«tiug 
Amundo;  bis  disappointment  was  diminished  by  seeing  Ellen,  who 
he  was  confident  would  be  fnithfol  to  the  message  intrusted  to  her; 
with  this  Qonfidonoe  he  baetened  to  the  rocks,  every  moment  expect' 
ing  the  appearance  of  Amanda.  Her  image,  as  it  appeared  to  liim 
tbe  preceding  day,  dwelt  apon  bis  ima^nation,  and  he  forcibly  felt 
how  eHSoDtial  to  bis  peace  was  a  reooncilation  with  her.  An  hour 
elapsed,  and  his  tenderness  ag^n  b«gan  to  ^ve  way  to  reeeutment:  it 
wfts  not  Ellen,  but  Amanda  he  doubted.  He  traversed  the  beach  in 
an  agony  of  impatience  and  ansietyi  a  feverijsh  heat  [lervadud  his 
frame,  and  be  trembled  with  agitation.  At  length  he  hedid  Iha 
distant  BODBd  of  the  sapper  hell  at  Ulster  Lodge,  which  uovor  rang 
till  a  tatcboar.  AH  hopes  of  seeing  Amanda  were  now  given  up,  tiiid 
every  intention  of  meeting  her  at  a  future  period  relinquished.  B!ie 
avoided  him  deugnedlv,  it  was  evident  I  he  could  have  curst  himsell' 
tor  betraying  trndi  anxiety  about  her,  and  his  wounded  pride  revolted 
friHO  tbe  idea  of  seeking  another  interview.  "  No,  Amanda,"  hn 
exclaimed  as  he  paaaed  tlie  castle,  "you  con  no  longer  have  any  t'luiin 
cpon  mc ;  niysteri'nis  sppcarancos  In  ihi;  nwdt  c4Uidiil  iwlw\  *"" 


S02 


ca  r 


B  BET. 


■ospicions :  in  giving  vou  on  oppoiiunit;  for  iu;coiint:Lg  fiir  ■ 
appearances,  I  lilU  all  tliat  caudow,  temierBeaa,  scnsiliilitj, 
honour  could  dictate ;  and  initead  uf  again  nioLin^  efforts  Ui  oonven* 
iritb  j'OD,  1  mast  non  make  others,  which  I  trust  will  b«  uur* 
Buccoeeful,  entirely  to  forget  you," 

The  next  moming  lie  accompanied  the  tnarqnis  in  his  barge  to  the 
CrigntE,  where  lie  wbb  agre>e&blj  snrpriaed  to  filid  in  ^hr  fommandar 
an  old  friend  of  his.  Captain  Somerviilo  returned  to  IJlstGr  Lodgw 
with  his  Tisitora,  and  there,  in  n  half  jesting,  half  serions  nuutn«} 
B&ked  Lord  Mortimer  to  accompany  him  in  his  inteoded  cmiM.  ^HiIk 
Ilia  lordtihip  instantly  promised  he  would,  with  pleasure :  he  w 
pletely  tired  of  the  Rosiine  faoiily,  and  he  waa  besides  glad  of  an  oppocw 
tnnity  of  convincing  Amanda,  he  was  not  quite  so  fascinated  to  h 
ae  she  perhaps  believed,  by  his  quitting  the  nelglibonrbood  e 
departure.  As  be  descended  to  the  boat,  the  sight  of  Aotanda  diodbf 
his  resolation ;  she  seemed  des^nod  to  croas  liis  pnth,  merely  to  g( 
him  disqotetnde;  an  ardent  wish  sprung  in  his  btart  to  nddr«SB  herg 
but  it  was  instantly  enpprcased,  by  rofiectii^  how  prcmeditat«]j  al 
jToided  hini :  pride  therefore  tromptcd  him  to   rasa  bcr  la 


Atr/  obserred  bim  ^oar,  aiid  frequeolly  saw  liim  contoinpkto  Cacitlfl 
Carberry,  u  if  iL  cpatainod  a  being  infinitely  deur  to  him;  to 
Amanda,  tliareTore,  the;  faired  he  waa  attaobcd,  and  supposed  tho 
ihment  comtneocod  at  Kiloorban'a  ball  where  they  Iiad  noticed 
BiuDed  glances  at  this  Imtud,  though  because  too  lovel;, 
The  roost  unbounded  roge  toult  possession  of  tboir  sonla ; 
Cbe;  regretted  having  ever  come  to  Ireland,  where  they  (Opposed 
i.ord  Mortimer  bad  first  seea  Amanda,  as  Lord  Chorburj  had  men- 
tiuued  the  children  of  fltzolan  being  strongen  to  him  and  his  fomilj. 
Tliey  know  the  passions  of  I/)rd  Clierbnry  were  impetuons,  and 
that  ambition  was  the  leading  principle  of  his  soul:  anxions  for  an 
aJIiance  between  his  &niily  and  dieira,  they  knew  he  would  ill  brook 
any  obst&cle  which  shonld  be  thrown  in  the  way  of  its  completioa, 
and  therefore  resolved  if  Lord  Mortimer  at  their  next  meeting 
np|>eared  arene  to  tlio  wishes  of  bis  father,  to  acquaint  the  earl  witii 
the  occasion  of  his  son's  disiuolinatitm,  and  represent  Ht^an  and 
his  donghter  as  aiding  and  abetting  each  other,  in  an  insidious  scheme 
to  entangle  the  afTecUons  of  Lord  Mortimer,  and  draw  iiim  into  a 
roarriaga :  a  scheme  which,  to  a  man  of  the  world  (as  they  knew 
Lord  Chcrbnry  to  be,)  would  appear  so  very  probable  as  to  gala 
implicit  credit.  This  they  knew  would  convert  the  esteem  he  felt  for 
Fitzolan  into  hatred  and  contempt:  his  favour  would  consequently 
be  withdrawn,  dnd  the  father  and  child  agoia  sink  into  indigent 
obsomity.  To  think  that  Amanda,  by  dire  necessity,  should  tra 
reduced  to  servitude;  to  think  the  elegance  of  her  form  should  be 
disguised  by  the  garb  oF  poverty,  and  the  charms  of  her  face  laded  by 
laisory,  were  ideau  bo  grateful,  no  eostatic  to  their  hearts,  that  to  have 
them  realiiod,  they  fait  they  conld  with  pleasure  relinqnlsh  the  fttten- 
tioOB  of  Lord  Mortimer  to  have  a  pretext  for  injuring  Fitrolan  with 
his  father;  though  not  quite  aasnred  their  suspicions  were  well 
founded,  they  wonid  never  have  hesitated  communicating  them  as 
snah  to  Lord  Cherbury ;  but  for  ttieir  own  antisfactiou  they  wished  to 
know  what  reasons  they  had  to  entertdn  them.  Lady  Greystock  was 
tlie  only  person  they  observed  on  a  footing  of  intimacy  with  Amanda, 
and  through  her  means  flattered  themselves  they  might  make  tlie 
desired  discovery.  They  therefore  began  to  unbend  from  theif 
l^oughlines!),  and  make  overtures  for  an  intimacy  with  her:  over- 
ive<l  Willi  delight,  and  U'  their  i-rMPnt  allonlion  forgo/ 


SM  gsiLSftx*  or  >be  as»«v.. 

tiieir  pMt  neglect,  Thioli  iMd  given  hat  neh  AgHL  Af  t^ 
beoMDfl  iDtunate  with  hu,  thej  wen  nraoli  iWMid  bf  k  Awami 
manner  she  poeseeaed  of  telling  atoriee,  aod  pUcnng  tba.foiUM  nC 
imperfeotioDB  of  their  visiton  in  the  moit  oo&iplmioiu  and  ladian||k 
light,  partioaUrlriuch  Tieitozeu  were  not  •greoftblo  to  lfa«&  WUh 
the  foiblce  of  homan  nature  ahe  waa  well  aeqoMBted,  wimt  with  Ms 
vt  of  tuning  those  foibles  to  her  own  adTBDtage.  Bhcpcnehad^ 
^regiona  Tuiit7  of  the  marohionesa  and  I«df  Xaj^amU,  wiLbl 
adminiateriiiig  large  portions  of  what  Sterna  styki  dia  dalWpif 
essenoe  of  the  aonl,  soon  became  an  immenaB  bTooritn.  Aflv  «^ 
ij^unotion  of  aeoreoj,  the  marchiooees  oommimleated  her  flaan  ip)%r 
tive  to  Lord  Hortimer  and  Amanda,  whioh  aha  pwtendcd  rvpid  fm 
one,  and  pity  for  the  other,  had  ezoited ;  aa  an  attaduiMnt  (fthw  qf 
an  houonrabte  or  diahononrable  natnre^  she  knew  I^trd  O 
never  pardon.  To  know,  therefore,  how  far  mattan  had  p 
between  them,  would  be  Bome  saliii&otion,  and  ml^t  pertup^  b»  Ay 
means  of  preventing  the  iU  oonaeqaenoea  ahe  dreaded.  I^ij  On^ 
stock  was  not  to  be  imposed  onj  she  peroelved  U  waa  not  pilfer 
Amanda,  hat  envj  and  jealousy  which  had  excited  the  llDBrB  of  &m 


ILDBEV      or     THI 


30i 


IMicac;  HMkd  th«  lips  of  Aiiuuidn,  and  gn&rded  her  secret.  Bhe 
Delii'V€il  her  paiisioD  U>  be  liop«leag,  and  fdt  Uiftt  to  be  odered  conso- 

in  ou  Hucb  a  subject,  nould,  to  W  fe«liaga,  be  tnilj  Lamiliatiog. 
But  ibuugh  she  could  corainaad  her  words,  sbe  could  nut  hor  feelings, 
aod  tticjr  were  visibly  expressed  in  her  cuantiin&Dce;  she  bliulied 
vbeoever  Lord  Uortimer  waa  mentioned;  looked  abockod  if  an 
nition  between  hiiu  and  I^j  Euphrasia  was  hinted  at;  and  smiled 
If  a  probabOitf  was  suggested  of  its  never  Uking  place. — Lady  Gre;< 
Mode  at  last  relinquished  her  atteinpta  at  betrayli^  Amanda  iui^  a 
ooufession  of  her  saitJiiientB :  indeed,  she  thought  such  a.cunfc^on 
Hot  very  requisite,  as  her  countenanae  pretty  cleady  developed  what 
they  vere;  and  she  deemed  herself  authorised  to  inform  the  mar- 
chiuneM,  that  she  wiks  sure  something  had  pused  between  Lord 

timer  and  Amanda,  though  what  she  could  not  discover,  from 
the  drcumspection  of  tl.o  latter.  The  marchioness  was  enraged,  and 
more  determined  than  ever  on  inTolricg  Amanda  in  detttmctioD,  if 
Lord  Uortimer  heaiinied  a  uiomeut  in  obeying  the  wishes  of  bia 
lather,  by  uniting  himself  to  Lady  Euphrasia. 


CHAPTER  XXIII. 


But  'Ub  Jdui  beltvr  pKTl,  jnui 


I 


A  uo.iTn  afl«r  the  departare  of  Lord  Uortimer,  the  Roslinc  family 
left  Ulster  Lodge.  Amanda  sighed  as  she  saw  them  pass,  at  the  idea 
of  the  approaching  meeting,  which  might,  perhaps,  toon  be  followed 
by  an  event  that  would  render  her  fond  remernbranne  of  Lord  Uorti- 
mer improper.  Many  of  the  faraOies  about  tlie  castle  were  already 
gone  to  town  for  the  winter.  Those  who  remained  in  the  country 
CU  after  Cluiatmas,  among  whom  were  the  Kiloorbans,  bad  bc 
entirely  n^loctei]  Amandii,  from  the  time  the  niarchi'iness  arrived  ia 
the  ntiglibourhoi  d,  Ihnl  tliey  could  nut  think  ofronuniiig  thair  vwiM 


MC  caiLBkia    or   thb    abbxt. 

•mfidtet  «■  ther  wer^  from  tha  proper  digni^  flf  bir  Md 
ouuuwr,  that  they  woold  be  nnweloome. 
.  Ibe  weather  «••  now  often  too  MT«ra  to  panalt  HwBik 
bar  naiul  nmblH ;  and  Um  eolitnda  of  0»  OMtIa  WM  hrigkti 
bar  own  meluioholj  idaaa,  aa  well  aa  bj  the  dwarinw  «f  tba 
Ho  DMHw  the  magio  hand  of  hope  aketehad 
neas,  to  dlMipate  the  iJoomineM  of  Om  prcetot  mea.    Tha 
of  Aiuaoda'a  heart  were  aa  drcarf,  aa  deodat^  aa  thoaa  dw  t 
from  the  windows  of  the  oaaUe.    Her  oanal  BTOoattana  no  1 
yielded  delight ;  tferj  Idea,  erarj  oocnpataon,  waa  MuMtterad, ' 
refleotion  of  being  Iwiened  Id  the  eetimation  of  Lord  MortliiNC. 
health  declined  with  her  peace,  and  again  ntadan  had  tiie 
seeing  sorrow  nipping  hii  lorelj  bloMbm ;  tha  km 
and  her  form  aunmed  a  fi-agile  delioaoj,  whieh  threat—od  tha 
t]on  of  hia  earthly  happineai.    He  waa  not  ignorant  of  Oa  «i 
her  d<{JectiDn,  bat  he  would  not  shook  her  feeUngs  hj  Un) 
Ereij  eSbrt  which  tendenMsa  oonld  snggestf  be  easajed  to  oha 
hot  withoot  any  dorable  eflbot;   for  thou^  aha  amiled  iri 
eipreued  a  wish  to  see  her  oheerfol,  it  wm  a  amOe  tmuleDt 


CIIILDBES      OF      raK      .BBET.  SOT. 

fihSf  Biiiilirasisi  and  in  either  of  these  characters,  he  was  ccrtiaof 
Truui  thu  roctitiide  nutl  [luntj'  of  her  prinoiiiles,  «he  nonld  be  more 
thftoever  iiapresaed  with  the  ueceasitir  of  conquering  her  attachment  ^ 
voUdt  the  pais  attenditig  soch  a  oonversBtJon  would  be  lessened,  and 
probably  soon  removed  b;  surrounding  objects,  and  the  gny  so 
!iba  must  engnge  in,  from  being  tlie  company  of  Lndy  Gre}-atook,  wh» 
otd  a  noinerous  and  elegant  acquaintance  in  lA>ndoa. 

Iler  ladjiship  appeared  tii  him,  as  she  did  to  man;  others,  a  plea 
ing,  rational  woman;  one  to  whose  care  his  heart's  best  treasnr* 
might  eofelj  be  consign ed.'-He  wa«  induced  to  accept  her  proteotitm 
for  hia  Amanda,  not  only  on  account  of  her  present  but  future  welfiira. 
His  own  health  was  eitremely  delicate ;  he  deemed  his  life  very  pr»-. 
oarioas ;  and  flattered  himself  Lady  Oreystock,  by  having  his  belored. 
girl  under  her  oare,  would  grow  so  attached  to  her,  as  to  prove  a- 
ttiand  if  he  should  be  snatched  away,  ere  his  newly  obtained  iodepeiH 
dence  enabled  him  to  make  a  provision  for  her :  in  indulging  this  hope^ 
his  heart  could  not  reproach  him  for  anything  mean  or  selfish.  Her 
hdyship  bad  frequently  assured  liim  all  her  relations  were  very  distant' 
ones,  and  in  afSuent  circumstances,  so  that  if  his  Amanda  recei 
any  proof  of  kindness  from  her,  she  could  neither  injure  norencroaohi 
on  the  rights  of  otiiers. 

This,  however,  was  not  the  ease,  though  careftilly  concealed  from 
Um,  as  well  as  many  others,  by  her  ladyship.  Her  education  had 
either  given  birth  to,  or  strengthened  the  artful  propensities  of  har 
disposition.  She  had  been  one  of  the  numerous  oSlipring  of  a  gentle- 
man  in  the  southern  part  of  Ireland,  whoso  wife,  a  complete  hoi 
wife,  knowing  his  inability  of  giving  his  daughters  fbrtunca,  detei^ 
miDud  to  bring  tliem  up  so  as  to  save  one  for  their  future  husbands. 

At  the  age  of  nineteen.  Miss  Bridget,  by  her  reputation  for  dome^ 
tic  cleverness,  attracted  the  notice  of  a  man  of  easy  independence 
the  neighbourhood,  who,  being  a  perfect  Nimrod,  wanted  soroebody- 
to  manage  those  concerns  at  home,  wliich  he  neglected  fur  the  fieldi  i 
and  kennel ;  and  in  obt^ning  Miss  Bridget,  he  procured  this  valuabia 
acquisition.  Uis  love  of  sport,  with  his  life,  was  fatally  terminated  > 
tlie  second  year  of  his  marriage,  by  his  attempting  to  leap  a  five-bar 
gate.  A  good  jointure  devolved  to  his  widow,  and  the  olhoe  of  c 
soling  her  to  the  rector  of  the  parish,  a  little  fnt  ulderly  man,  i 
■nigbl  hnvo  aat  very  well  for  the  jiicture  of  Buiiifau*      So  succesafi-l 


I    SOB  CUILUltEll      OF      THE      ABDXT. 

wera  his  argiiineuts,  tbaC  he  Dot  011I3'  expelled  aarrow  trMn  )icr  hwrt^ 
bnl  iutrodnced  LiuiBtilf  iuto  it,  and  had  tlie  felioitj  of  receiving  bat 
bud,  as  Boon  as  bar  weeds  were  laid  uide.  Fuur  ytarti  they  bwl 
Uved  ID  tuiiDt«rrBpted  peace ;  bot  loo  free  an  d^oymeut  of  tlio  good 
Uiings  of  thia  life  DDdermiDed  the  cooBiitution  of  the  rector :  he  wa* 
ordered  to  Bat^,  wbere  bis  mortal  career  was  shortly  tenuioated,  an£ 
bia  whole  fortune  was  loft  to  hi*  wiie. 

In  the  house  where  she  lodged  was  an  ancient  baronet,  wlio  Itftd 
BeTer  been  married ;  his  fortune  was  con^ideruble,  but  Lis  miumer  m> 
Blrange  and  wliimsics!,  that  Le  appeared  incapable  of  ei^ojing  tht 
advantages  it  woold  have  afforded  to  others.  Notwithstanding  his 
oddities,  he  was  compassionate;  and  aa  the  JUr  relict  woa  nnaocom- 
panied  by  a  friend,  he  wwted  on  her  for  tlie  purpose  of  offering  oooa^ 
lation,  and  any  service  in  bis  power.  TMb  tDtentJan  instantl;  inspired 
her  with  an  idea  of  tricing  to  make  him  feel  tenderer  senliiiienta  tb*n 
tboae  of  pity  for  her.  Bia  title  and  fortune  were  ao  attractive,  that 
neither  hie  capricious  disposition,  nor  the  disparity  of  their  ages,  h« 
being  sixty,  and  she  only  eight  and  twenty,  could  prevent  her  ardently 
desiring  a  connexion  between  them.  Her  elforta  to  effect  this  wera 
long  unsaccesafol :  bat  perseveranoe  will  almost  woik  wiraclea:  bc9' 
constant  good  hnmonr,  and  unremitted  solicitode  about  Ixim,  who 
was  in  general  an  invalid,  at  last  made  an  iiapreesioo  on  hia  flin^ 
heart,  and,  in  a  sudden  fit  of  gratitude,  he  offered  her  his  hand,  which 
wu  eagerly  accepted. 

The  presumptive  heir  to  the  baronet's  large  possessiona  wiw  th* 
son  and  only  child  of  a  deceased  sister.  At  the  period  this  ouiaK- 
peoted  alliance  took  place,  be  was  about  twenty,  pleasing  in  hia 
person,  and  engaging  in  bia  manner,  and  tenderly  beloved  by  bia 
uncle.  This  love.  Lady  Groystnck  saw,  if  it  eonlinoed,  would  tVos* 
trate  her  wish  of  posaeasiug  the  baronet's  whole  property.  Variotui 
BohemeB  Sactnate<l  in  her  mind,  relative  to  the  manner  in  which  aba 
could  lay  the  foundation  for  Eoshbrook's  ruin;  ere  slie  could  detail 
mine  on  <jnc,  cliance  discovered  a  secret,  which  oonipletely  aided  het 
intention. 

lu  the  noighbonrhood  of  tie  baronet's  country  residence,  Hnsb- 
brook  hod  formed  an  attachment  for  the  daaghter  of  a  man,  against 
wimni  hie  niicle  pplertsined  tl)e  most  invoterafo  enmity.  An  union 
ivilU  ibis  girl,  s'le  bub  well  convinced,  would  ruiu  hitn.     f^be  thor» 


ton  guti  him  t>>  DQilcralanil  she  ktiew  of  lii:^  attochiDeot.  aatl 
•iccorolr  pilied  his  Hituatioa  ;  encouragwl  Lis  lave  by  Uie  mosl  flatter 
lug  enlugiums  on  bis  adored  Emily;  declared  ber  regret  that  hearts 
BO  oongenial  eliould  he  eeparat«d;  and  at  la?t  intimated,  that  if  thej 
wisbed  to  Qoite,  she  was  coaviu^d  she  woald  soon  be  abk  to  obtniD 
Sir  Goofirj'e  for^veness  for  snch  a  atep.  Her  artTiil  insiunntjona 
linrried  the  nnsQspicious  pair  into  the  stiore  she  had  aproad  fur  thera ; 
the  conHquence  of  this  was  what  elie  expected. 

Sir  Geoffrj'B  rage  was  unappcaBftble,  and  he  Holemnly  vowed  neTer 
mure  to  behold  his  nephew.  Lady  Grejatocfc  wishe<l  to  praferve,  if 
possible,  appearances  to  the  world,  and  prevailed  on  him  to  pv«  her 
five  bandred  poands  for  Rusfabrook,  to  which  she  added  five  of  her 
own,  and  presented  the  notes  to  him,  with  an  assurance  of  pleading 
tiis  cause  whenever  she  found  a  favonrablo  opporCnnity  of  doing  ao. 

Ue  ptu-chaaed  an  ensigncy  in  a  regiment  on  the  point  of  embarking 
tor  America,  where  be  felt  he  would  rather  encounter  distress,  than 
ftmoDg  those  who  had  known  him  in  afflaence, 
.  Ber  ladyship  now  redoubled  her  attention  to  Sir  Geoifiy,  and  at 
last  prepossessed  him  bo  strongly  with  the  Iden  of  her  affections  for 
him,  that  he  made  a  will  bequeathing  her  his  whole  iortune,  which 
■he  flattered  herself  with  soon  enjoying.  But  tlo  conatitution  of  Sir 
Geoffiy  waa  stronger  than  she  imagined,  and  policy  obliged  her  to 
idhere  to  a  conduct  which  had  gained  his  favour,  as  she  knew  the 
least  alteration  in  it  would,  to  hie  capricious  temper,  be  sufficient  to 
tnake  him  crash  all  ber  hopes. 

Fifteen  years  passed  in  tijis  manner,  when  a  friend  of  Rnsbbmok'i 
■dviacd  Lim  no  longer  to  be  deluded  by  the  proniises  l^dy  Greystock 
«tjll  oontinned  to  make  of  interceding  in  his  favonr,  bnt  to  write  him- 
to  his  uncle  for  forgircnees,  wiiioh  the  dnty  he  owed  hi^  family, 
snd  Che  distress  of  his  situation  should  prompt  bim  to  immediately. 
Snshbrook  accordingly  wrote  a  most  pathetic  letter,  and  hh  friend, 
IB  he  hod  promised,  delivered  it  hims-^lf  to  the  baronet.  The  ood- 
tents  of  the  letter  and  tlie  remonstmnce  of  hia  visitor  prodaced  a 
great  change  in  the  sentimeiiU  of  the  barvnet.  Tenderness  for  a 
nephew  lie  had  adopted  as  his  heir  from  liis  infatwy.  hegim  to  revive, 
anil  he  aerionaly  reflected  that  by  leaving  his  fortune  to  Laily  Grey 
Block  he  sliould  eorich  a  family  unoonnecled  with  him,  whilst  ilio  Ian. 
tratch  of  bis  own  was  left  to  obscurity  and  wretchedness.    IMdi 


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recoileal  from  sDcb  an  idea,  and  lie  told  the  gentleicaii  he  n 
sHer  about  a  reconciiitttion  witli  his  nephew. 

TIte  ooDTera&tion  betwe«u  them,  which  Laily  Grcfstock  ti»d  coo- 
tfired  to  overhe&r,  filled  hw  with  diaiDHj:  bnt  this  was  iDL'rea»ed 
aimoM  to  dtstraelion,  wbeo  an  altorne;  b«ng  sent  for,  ahe  repaired 
agaia  to  her  hidiag-pUce,  uid  beard  a  new  will  dJiAated  entiralj  in 
Rnahbrook'e  feroar. 

Sir  Geoifry  was  soon  prevailed  on  to  see  his  nephew,  but  Hra. 
Kuslibrook  and  the  ehiUrea  were  not  Buffered  to  appear  before  him: 
they  were,  hciwever,  supplied  with  ever;  rvqninle  for  making  a  gen- 
ImJ  appearance,  and  acoomptuiTiug  the  regiment  (again  order«d 
abroad)  with  oomfort. 

Soon  after  their  deyiertnre.  Sir  Seoffrr  neok  into  a  i-tate  of  inaeoei- 
bility,  tl-oin  which  no  hopes  of  bia  ever  recorering  could  be  CDlertained. 
The  litDatiun  wai  propiUone  to  the  deagns  of  I«dj  Greyftook :  noue 
but  creaturoa  of  her  own  were  admitlod  to  his  chamber. — An  altoi^- 
(ii^j  was  Bent  for,  who  had  often  traiisaoted  bnsinefc*  for  her,  rdntir« 
to  licr  ufiaira  tn  Ireland ;  and  a  good  bribe  easil;  prevailed  on  him  to 
draw  np  a  will  she  dictated,  similar  to  that  before  made  i 


remiodsd  bar  of  their  aSoit;,  and  rifd  with  eaoh  otfier  in  pacing  Lai 
olteiilion.  This  wna  eitremelj  pleaaiug  Ui  her  ladjahip,  who  wai 
fond  of  pleamire  at  oilier  pecple'a  eipense.  For  lieraelf,  aiie  hod  laid 
down  rulcB  of  the  most  rigid  eaonom]',  wliiah  she  strictly  adiiered  U>. 
Ftom  Ibe  many  inTltatioiiB  alie  received,  she  wa»  seldom  a  resident 
in  her  own  honse:  she  Judged  of  othcra  by  heraelf,  and  aacribed  iJi« 
Atteatjons  slie  received  to  their  real  eouroe,  eelf  iulereet,  which  ehe 
^ianghed  teoretly  lo  think  she  should  dlsappMDt. 

■  '  She  was  remarkable  (aa  IBas  Kilcorbau  informed  Amanda)  for  jak- 
EJng  young  people  to  do  little  matters  for  her,  HQch  as  mukjug  her 
KBrtJ'iiierv.  working  rufHes,  aprons  and  handkerciiiota. 
^F"  The  trnnquiUily  she  enjoyed  for  two  years  after  8ir  Geoffry'a  dtatli, 
^Vas  a  little  interrupted  by  his  nephew's  arriving  from  America,  dod 
conmiendng  a  Buit  directly  against  ber,  hy  the  advice  of  his  fliend* 
and  some  eminent  lawyers,  ou  the  Buppositi(>n  that  tlie  will,  by  which 
Flie  inheril«d,  had  been  made  when  his  nacle  was  in  a  state  of  imbe- 
cility. 

Ijidy  Greystock,  lioweTer,  received  but  a  trifling  shock  from  tLis; 
she  knew  he  hod  no  money  to  carry  on  soch  on  affair,  and  that  his 
advocates  would  lose  their  zeal  in  his  cause  when  convinced  of  the 
i;lat«  of  his  finances.  On  being  obliged  to  go  to  London  to  attend  the  , 
euit,  it  immediately  occurred  that  Amanda  would  be  a  most  pleasing 
(wmpanion  to  take  along  with  her,  as  she  would  not  only  enliven  ttie 
lioors  she  must  sometimes  pass  at  home,  but  do  b  number  of  little 
things  in  the  way  of  dress,  which  would  save  a  great  deal  of  eKpenae. 
Amanda,  on  the  Srst  proposal  of  accompanying  her,  wannly 
opposed  it:  she  felt  unutterable  reluctance  to  leave  her  father,  and 
assured  liiin  she  wonld,  by  exerting  lierself,  prove  tliat  a  change  of 
wiene  was  not  re^iniiute  for  restoring  her  clieerfulnesa.  Fitzalan 
know  her  sincerity  in  making  this  promise,  but  he  also  knew  bar 
inability  of  pe "forming  it;  hia  happiness  he  declared  depended  on 
hir  eomplj-ing  with  his  request:  he  even  said  his  own  health  would 
probably  be  eatablislied  by  it,  and  daring  ber  absence  he  would  partake 
of  the  amu-wroents  of  the  country  which  lie  had  hitherto  decline^  on 
hiT  account.  This  assertion  prevwied  on  her  to  consent,  and  immedi- 
ate preparations  were  made  for  her  journey,  as  the  invitation  had  no! 
been  given  till  within  a  few  days  of  her  ladyship's  intended  depar- 
Ae  Bhe  wont  to  Holyhead,  Fitzalan  delonnined  on  .lendiup) 


Ellen  to  bcr  pnronta,  till  Amanda  retumod  from  England,  whick  | 
dutenainntioD  pleased  Ellen  oiceedingly,  as  eba  longed  tii  see  her 
familj,  and  tell  them  particulars  oi  Chip.  Aa  the  hour  approached 
fur  quitting  her  father,  the  regret  iLiid  ivljctsnce  of  Aiiionda 
increased:  nor  were  hii  feelings  less  oppressive,  lliongh  better  con- 
coolod ;  but  when  the  moment  of  parting  came,  the;  could  no  longer 
be  supprest;  he  hold  her  with  o  tremulous  grasp  to  bis  heart,  as  it 
.lie  n-oidd  forsake  it.  On  ber  departure,  the  gloom  on  his  mind 
iieemed  like  a  presentiment  of  evil ;  he  repented  forcing  her  from 
liim,  and  scarcely  conld  he  refrAin  from  sajing  they  must  not  pArt. 

Lady  Greyatock,  who  in  every  scene,  and  every  situation,  preneired 
her  composure,  hinted  to  bim  the  injury  ho  was  doing  his  daoghter 
hj  siicli  emotions,  and  mentioned  how  short  their  separation  would 
be,  sod  what  benefits  would  accrue  to  Amanda  from  it. 

Tbia  last  consideration  recalled  to  bis  mind  inslantty  composed  bim, 
and  he  handed  them  to  her  ladysbiji's  chariot,  which  was  followed 
by  a  hired  chaise,  containing  her  woman  and  Ellen;  he  then  sighing 
ber  a  lost  adien,  returned  to  his  solitary  habitation  to  [iray,  and  ia 
«pite  of  all  his  efforts,  weep  for  bis  darling  diild. 


Tbr  dq'ection  of  Amaoda  gradiially  declined,  aa  Uie  idea  of  teeing 

Iivrd  Uortimer  again  revived.     It  revived  not,  however,  niUioat 

hcpea,  fears,  and  agiUUons.    SometinieB  she  imagined  ebe  sLonld 

find  him  devoted  to  Lad;  Euphrasia :  then  again  believed  bia  hononr 

—  Wd  sincerity  would  not  allow  hitn  to  give  Iicr  np  »o  unddenlj,  and 

BsAt  Ilia  apparent  indifference  proceeded  from  reaentnieiit,  which 

'    nld  vanish  if  an  opportnnity  once  offered  (and  ahe  trusted  there 

Dnld)  for  explaining  her  iMndiict.     She  endenvoared  to  calm  the 

lotions  these  ideas  gnve  rise  to,  bj  reflecting  that  a  short  time  now 

fonld  most  probably  terminate  her  suspense, 

^  Jhej  stopped  for  the  niglit,  abont  five  o'clock,  at  an  inn  about  a 

e  from  Tndor  Hall.    After  dinner  Amanda  informed  Lady  Grey- 

mIc,  she  wished  to  accompany  Ellen  to  her  pareutf.     To  this  her 

^yship  made  no  objection,  on  finding  she  did  not  want  the  carriage. 

8he  charged  her,  however,  not  to  forget  the  hoor  of  tea,  by  which 

lime  ahe  would  bo  refreshed  by  a  nap,  and  ready  to  engage  ber  at  a 

game  of  piquet, 

Tliey  set  oat  unattended,  os  El]en  refused  the  hostler's  offer  of 

rtylng  her  portmantean,  saying,  "she  wonld  eend  fur  it  the  next 

This  she  did  by  Amai'da's  desire,  who  wished,  unobserved, 

I  pnrsne  a  walk,  in  which  she  promised  herself  a  melunclioly 

>dnlgenoe,  from  reviewing    the  well-known  scenes  endeared  by 

foder  nvolleotions. 

A  mncmful  yet  not  nndetiglitAit  sensation  attends  the  contempla- 
tion of  sccnca  where  we  once  enjoyed  feliraty :  departed  joys  ore  ever 
ranembered  with  an  entbuHiiutm  of  teodemees,  which  sooilies  the 
fioiTowa  we  experience  for  their  loss. 

.  Such  were  the  present  feelings  of  Amftada;  while  Ellen,  undis- 
»rl*d  by  Kfinti  for  the  pnst,  ponted  out,  with  pleasnre,  the  dwell 


S14  ouiLDnis    or    the    aubit. 

Inga  of  lier  intimates  and  friends.  Yet  when  she  came  to  Chip'i 
deserted  eotlage,  she  stopped,  and  a  tear  ttole  from  her  eye,  oeconipk- 
DJed  Ht  the  same  time  by  a  smile,  wliieh  seemed  to  eaj,  thon^  thou 
art  now  lonely  and  cheerlem,  the  period  is  approoohing  when  comfon 
and  gpaiety  shall  resume  their  stations  witliin  thee,  when  the  blaze  ol 
thj  fire  and  thy  taper  shall  not  only  diffnse  oheerfnlnesa  within,  bol 
without,  and  give  a  ray  to  the  desolate  or  benighted  traveller,  14 
guide  him  to  thy  hospitable  shelter. 

Amanda,  leaning  on  Ellen's  arm,  proceeded  alowly  in  her  waJ: ; 
the  evening  was  delightful ;  the  bine  vault  of  heaven  was  spanned 
with  stars,  and  the  air  nithont  being  severely  cold,  was  dear  and 
refreshing.  The  road,  on  one  aide,  wtu  skirted  with  the  high  woodi 
of  Tudor  Hall.  Amanda  gated  on  them  with  emotion:  bnt  wheft 
she  came  to  the  gale  which  Lord  Hortmjer  liad  opened  for  hvt 
departure  at  the  first  interview,  the  soitnesa  of  her  heart  (ould  no 
longer  be  repieted;  she  stj:ipped,  leaned  pensively  upon  it  and  wept. 
The  evergreens  with  which  the  woods  abounded,  prevented  th^ 
■wearing  a  desolate  appearance:  she  wished  to  have  pierced  into  theli 


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earth  for  Uie  eUiere&I  roOduera  ot  the  BpriDg,  jon  «eek  aad  enjoj  a 
calm  repose." 

Id  the  Iwie  which  I«d  U>  her  DQree'i  cotUge,  Amsiida  paused  for  a 
moiDent ;  dona  this  lane  Lord  Mortinier  had  once  pursued  her;  sh^ 
looked  toffuds  the  mannon  of  Tndor  Hall;  she  endeavoured  to  diit- 
cero  the  library,  but  all  was  dark  and  dismal,  except  the  wing  whit^h 
Ellen  informed  her  was  occupied  by  the  doraostics. — Throagh  the 
wjnduw  of  Edwin'a  cottage,  tliey  saw  all  the  faroilj  seated  roond 
n  blazing  fire,  chatting  and  langhtag.  The  transports  of  Ellen's  heart 
ovcrcan;e  every  ide«  of  caniion ;  ehe  liastily  nnlatched  the  door,  aod 
flang  herself  into  lier  parenta'  anus ;  their  sarprise  and  joy  was 
nnbounded,  and  Amanda  was  received  and  welcomed  with  ea  mnoh 
tenderness  as  their  child,  without  ever  a»king  the  reason  of  their 
sudden  appearanoe.  The  first  question  was,  "  Wonld  she  not  stay 
with  them!"  and  her  answer  filled  them  with  regret  and  disappoint- 
ment. Perceiving  them  abonl  procnring  her  refresliments,  "aha 
dodared  she  had  not  a  minnte  to  stay :  the  time  allotted  for  her  walk 
was  Jready  exceeded,  and  alio  feared  Lady  Greyatook  would  be 
ofieaded  at  being  left  *o  long  at  an  inn  by  lierself ;"  she  therefore 
luistily  presented  some  Utile  presents  she  had  bronght  for  the  family, 
and  w»«  bidding  them  farewell,  when  poor  Ellen,  who,  from  so  long 
reaidina  with  the  yonng  lady,  almost  adored  her,  saddenly  flnng  her- 
self inlu  hut  arms,  and  clinging  ronnd  her  neck,  as  if  to  prevent  a 
ae[iBration,  whi<ih,  till  the  moment  of  ita  arrival,  she  thought  she 
cocld  haio  supported,  eiciaimed,  "  Oh,  my  tear  young  laty,  we  nru 
going  to  part,  and  my  heart  muks  within  me  at  the  idea;  even  Chip 
himself.  If  he  was  here,  coidd  not  console  me.  I  know  yon  are  not 
hnppy  and  that  increases  my  sorrow ;  yonr  sweet  cheek  is  palei,  and  I 
have  olten  acen  yon  cry,  when  yon  thon^ht  no  poty  was  minding 
you ;  if  yon,  who  ore  so  goot,  are  not  happy,  how  can  a  peing  like  mj 
hope  to  pe  so.  Oh  may  I  soon  pe  pleat  with  seeing  you  retam  the 
mistress  of  Tudor  Doll,  married  to  the  aweeteat  handsomeet  nobliv 
moa-  who  I  know  in  my  eoul  loves  yoti,  as  well  inteed  be  may,  fcr 
where  whould  he  see  the  fellow  of  my  yonng  laty.  Then  Chip  and  I 
will  beao  happy,  for  I  am  sure  yon  and  my  lort  will  shelter  onrhnm- 
b'-e  eoURge."  • 

JLmoiKla  pMst  the  affectionate  girl  to  her  breaot,  and  mingled  tears 
1  lurs.  whila  she  softly  whisper«d  to  her  not  to  hint  at  aucb 


Sl« 


OBILPRIX     or     TBI     A»BBr. 


ui  vreot;  "  but,  ba  aatttred,  taj  dorat  Bkn,"  coNHMlBftife^  ^Mlt 
lahaUever  r^oioe  at  j-otirfefioit;r,  wU^to  ttMntanoitaf  BV^M^i 
er  I  wonld  promoM,  huI  haps  looa  to  hmt  cf  yvn  mtiamlUt^ 
Chip."  -bM-^ 

'*AlaokftU7,"saidtli«niirM,  "arsjoiigi^isamrwIiMlttal^A 
fou  ooDM  to  atay  mmong  iu ;  and  tlMn,  pariiifa,  mj  krt  mnlB  MMP 

iiiiiiii.  mil  n iiiiiiii  I Ill  111  I  mm h  iimnij  iiiiiiiiiin  I  Bt^yf 

ferily  tlion^t  be  would  htra  gona  dittnetod  when  b*  fiMid  y«M(  Hi* 
•m  may  tay,  mn  a.m,j ;  and  to  pe  nira  I  did  idly  him,  md  iMM^ 
hara  nude  uo  (ample  to  tall  him  when  fos  mrt,  bad  I  IhMk 
it  mywU;  wbiob  he  nupeoted,  tat  be  oflbnd  me  a  ri^  OTBNMflMi 
would  ducoTer.  Then  time  ia  FanoB  Howall,  wby,  ba  tm-^/tHV 
Ilka  unto  nothing  put  a  i^koat  dnoa  joa  mat  nnj;iad  ka-Mn 
ao  (i^) — and  be  oomes  almoit  aTei;  t*f  to  aak  ma  ivoot  J9tf  tl0l' 
whether  I  think  or  know  lort  Mordmar  ia  with  yov;  he  vffl-flP 
In  each  grief  to  think  joo  were  here  without  hia  aadiig  jroa."  ;><n^ 
"Well,"  said  Amanda,  endearoiuing  to  qipear  cfaea(fld,*'wB^^^> 
all  yet  hare  a  bappy  meeting."  *u.'t^.  ' 


f;f»Ta  baa  on«u  been  die  ec«iie  of  peiuive  meditation ;  norha^it  iranted 
lU  romoi  ofTeriiigi  the  loveUest  dowers  of  nj-  garden  I  have  wore 
into  wreadiB,  and  bong  tbeio  o'er  it,  in  fond  remembrance  of  ]>er  angel 
dangliter." 

Tlis  plaintive  sonnd  of  Howell's  voice,  the  dq'eclion  of  hia  ooante- 
[unee,  excited  tbe  Boftetit  fKelings  of  B«nBibilitj  in  Amundu't  Uiaom; 
bnt  she  grew  confused  by  the  lenderneas  of  his  expression,  and  snying 
olie  waa  h&ppj  to  see  liiiu.  tried  to  dieengnge  bar  band,  Uiat  slio  might 


"Surety,'' taid  lie,  still  detuning  it,  "  a  few  iDoments  yon  might  grant 
me  witbuiit  reluotanoe;  you  who  are  going  to  enjoy  every  bappinesa 
■ntl  pleasure,  going  to  meet  Ibe  favoured — " 

Amanda  atillcipated  the  name  be  was  abont  nitering,  and  lier  con- 
Auriun  redoubUd.  She  attempted  again,  yet  in  vtun,  to  withdraw  ber 
band,  and  turned  to  see  wlietbor  any  one  was  observing  tliein;  bow 
great  waa  ber  mortification  on  |)ercdving  Lady  Greyjtoi'k  Ivaniug 
from  a  window  exactly  over  tbeir  bends.  &be  smiled  significantly  at 
Amanda,  on  being  seen,  and  tbe  carriage  being  ready,  snid  she  wonld 
attend  her  below  stairs."  Howell  now  relinqnisbed  Amanda's  band ; 
lie  uw  she  looked  displeased,  and  expressed  snch  sorrow,  acoompatiied 
widi  such  Mbmissivc  apologies  for  ollending  her,  that  abe  could  not 
avoid  a<x»rding  bim  bur  pardon.  Ue  handed  both  her  and  l^dy 
Greystock  into  tbe  carriuge,  and  looked  j  melaneboly  adieu  as  it 
4lro*eoff. 

"Upon  my  word,  a  prelly  stosrt  young  fellow,"  said  Indy  Grey- 
■toek;  "Uiough  itupatieut  Ibis  long  lime  to  set  ont,  I  coubl  not  think 
ut  intarrapting  tbe  Interesting  t£te-i-t£te  I  saw  between  yon  and  him. 
I  ntqwse  yon  have  been  a  rewdent  in  Ibis  part  of  tbe  country  before, 
ftma  your  seeming  to  know  tbis  tender  swain  so  well." 

Amaads  wished  to  avoid  acknowledging  tbis ;  if  known,  she  feared 
it  wonld  lead  to  a  discoTcry,  or,  at  least,  excite  a  suspicion  of  lier 
Intimaej  with  Lord  Mortimer,  which  she  was  desirous  of  concealing, 
while  in  this  nneertainty  concerning  lilm, 

"Tour  ladyship  boi  heard,  I  believe,"  replied  she,  "that  EllcnV 
notber  nnrsed  me." 

"  Yes,  my  dear,"  answered  her  ladyship,  with  some  smartness;  "bnt 
If  yonr  acquaintance  even  commenced  with  this  youth  in  Infancy,  I 
Cwcy  il  bw  bepn  renewed  since  tbnt  ppriod."' 
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I 


-ilP  caiLuiiRN    or    JHB    *DBKy- 

Amruida  bliuUed  ileepl}',  luul  tu  biilu  hvi' coQftision;}italaiid«i'l«a 
be  looking  at,  tlie  girof  pect  from  t\\e  window.  Loii;  tiruyslock's  eyetf  ■ 
puniijed  hem.  Tudor  Hall  tvas  conspicaous  fruin  the  roftd,  Dud  A 
invulimCarily  sighed  as  she  viewed  it, 

"  TliQt  is  a  line  donuiin,"  said  I^sd;  Grejstocic,  "  I  [ii'«suino  ^n 
hare  tislted  ir,  and  know  its  owner." 

Ainajida  r»iild  not  assert  a  falsehood ;  neither  eonhl  sb«  evade  tb»  , 
inquiries  of  Ltidj  Greystock,  and  tliercfore,  not  only  confessed  Ib^  J 
heiog  tlie  ratate  of  Lord  MurlJincr,  hot  her  own  rosiilunc 
preceding  Hummer.      Her  lodyEhip  immediately  eotyocturod  it  wait  I 
ilien  the  (Lttmihment  between  ber  and  Lord  MorUmer  commenoed^  1 
and  Ilie  bhisiies,  (lie  hesitations,  and  tlie  unwiUingneas  of  Atuulda  tih  I 
owning  her  visit  to  Wult-s,  all  u»nfiriuod  this  caiyettnre.      tjlie  trie*!,   ' 
however,  to  iiislnuato  lierwlf  into  her  full  oonlidence,  hy  w 
expressions  of  e)ilf>«[n,  and  by  hinting  that  from  the  diBpoaiiion  at 
JjinX  llnniiiicr,  she  cnnlil  not  believe  he  evur  did,  or  ever  woolt) 
tliiiik  Kriously  of  l^<ly  Eii[i]>rasia;    tiii>i   she  hojieil   would   eitJter 
iiiJiice  or  betrny  Anmiidit  to  oi>eQ  her  whole  henrt,  but  blie  wan 


'tfoulfl  not  miUt;  entreatio?,''  bIio  added,  with  a  ugQitloant  liiok,  "she 
believed  Le  liad  good  reason  for  cuKking."  She  tlien  relaied  all  she 
atis|iected,  or  rather  had  disi^uvercd,  relative  to  tlie  altachuent 
between  Lord  Mortimer  and  Amanda,  having  commenced  the  pre- 
'Ceding  Bnnimer  in  Wal«ti. 

The  marchioness  sod  I^dy  EophrssiK  instantly  concladed  f=he  was 
■KDt  to  London  for  the  purpose  of  baring  it  oonipktod  by  a  tnarriage. 
■Thii,  however,  Ihey  detennined  to  prevent.  The  marchioness  felt 
•ttie  moat  inveterate  hatred  agunst  her,  and  also  that  to  prevent  her 
■being  Bdvantageously  settled,  even  if  that  settlement  threatened  not 
'to  interfere  with  the  one  the  Lad  projected  for  her  daoghter,  she 
flould  undertake  almost  any  project.  Though  ehe  abhorred  the  idea 
'«f  noticing  her,  yet  she  wita  tempted  now  to  do  so,  from  the  idea 
Ibat  it  wonld  better  enable  her  t^i  watch  her  actions.  This  idea  she 
oommnnicated  in  a  liaaty  whisper  to  Laily  Euphrasia,  who  approving 
«f  it,  the  told  I^d;  Greystoek,  "as  MiHs  Filzulan  was  her  guest,  she 
^ronld,  on  that  bcconnt,  permit  her  to  be  introduced  to  them." 
^Amanda  wa*  accordingly  sent  for.  On  entering  the  room,  Lady 
Oreyslock  took  her  hand,  and  presentfd  her  to  the  marchioness  and 
'ijuly  Enphrosia.  The  former,  half  rising,  with  a  coldness  she  could 
►tot  conquer,  said,  "  Whenever  Lady  Greystock  honoured  her  with  a 

it,  she  should  l>e  happy  to  see  Hiss  Fitzalan  along  with  her."  The 
Ittt«r  only  noticed  her  by  a  slight  bow;  and  when  Amanda  drew  a 
'<ahiur  near  the  solk  on  which  she  sat,  or  rather  inclined,  she  continuwl 
•taring  in  her  face,  and  alternately  humming  an  Italian  air,  and 
'«r««sing  a  little  dog  she  had  brought  with  her.  Tlio  uneinba.Tassed 
of  Amiindn'9  air  and  manner  surprised  and  niortilied  them ; 
'ta  they  expect^  to  have  seen  har  covered  with  conJiision  at  an 
'Introduction  bo  uneipected.  To  tJieir  haughty  souls  nothing  was 
-VoTe  delightful  than  the  awe  and  deferonoe  which  vulgar  and  illilieral 
:'Bind9  are  so  apt  to  pay  to  rank  and  fortune.  They  were  provoked 
'to  see  in  Anumda  conscious  dignity,  instead  of  trembling  diffidence. 
'A»  slio  sat  by  Lndy  Euplirasin,  the  tiiarcliiouesa  could  not  hel|> 
•ecrctly  confessing  she  was  a  dangerous  rival  to  her  dnoghter;  for 
'fiever  did  her  lovely  features  and  ingenuous  countenance  appear  to 
'iwch  advantage,  as  when  contraHted  to  Laily  Enphrsflia's.    Tlie  mar- 

lonees  withdrew  soon  afler  her  entrance,  nnablo  longer  to  restndn 

it  mallgnBT^t  pa^ions  whii-h  envy  and  hatred  had  exrileiL 


m"J  CUM.  t.Ki;\      or      Till      AUUIV. 

IloUi  she  and  ludj- Enphrcisiii  were  oanTinced  tbnt  to  comniimieat* 
their  9ns|>icio[is  at  proscDt  ta  Lord  Chcrbnry,  abuul  tinr  uid  bis  mil, 
would  not  answer  the  eod  proposed ;  for  it  could  be  of  little  caDW- 
qneuce,  they  reflected,  to  withdraw  the  esteem  of  the  fsllier,  if  that 
of  the  son  cootiDued :  who,  iDdepcndcnt  in  hU  notions,  sod  oertAJa 
of  the  fortunes  of  liie  anccBtorH,  might  not  hesitate  to  gratify  himseUL 
The  point  tlierefore  was,  by  soiue  ilwp  luid  scbeitie,  to  ruin  Atuaudn 
in  the  CBtimation  of  Lord  Mortimer;  and  if  in  the  power  of  mortola 
to  contrive  and  eiccute  such  a  scheme,  they  gave  tbemselvea  credit 
fi^r  being  able  to  effect  it. 

The  blow  at  her  fond  hopes  they  resolved  should  be  followed  by 
one  against  Llio  peace  of  Fitzalan,  on  ivhom  they  knew,  wlienever 
they  pleased,  they  <iolild  draw  the  rceentment  of  Lord  Cherbury; 
thus  should  they  completely  triumph  over  the  lovely  Amanda; 
plunge  two  beings  they  detested  into  poverty  and  wreicliedneM; 
destroy  expectations  which  interfered  with  tlieir  own,  and  seoore  an 
alliance  with  a  man  they  hod  long  wished  to  unite  to  tljcir  family. 

From  tlie  unaltered  indifference  of  Lord  Mortimer  to  Lady 
Euphrasia,  they  were  convinced  of  his  predilection  for  anoiLcr. 


i 


m 


To  BTa\d  a  disB^To^al.Ie  flrfpiment  witli  o  son  he  not  onl;  loved  bat 
wpwipd,  lie  Boiijrht  rnllitr,  by  initiruct  moans,  In  irn-nlse  liiin  in  nn 
eii'.nDgleniciit  wiUi  the  Rosline  rMtiily,  Uioji  conic  tu  aii  open  ox|>1nti- 
in  with  him.  For  tliis  purpow,  he  oootrivc<i  pitrticii  ns  oik-ii  as 
IWssible  with  them  into  public;  when,  by  Lord  Mortimer's  being 
■e^D  with  LaAy  EujibroBio,  reports  miglit  be  r^seii  tif  an  lotvudud 
flUilDM  between  tliem ;  reports  which  iie,  hiusel^  propugtiU)d  (imi>ng 
nroe  partioular  frivnda,  with  a  de»ire  of  haviDg  tbera  cirmibitt.'d : 
but  ho  injanotion  of  se>;rec;  oa  to  their  author;  these  reports  wonlo, 
be  trusted,  on  rcAcbing  Lord  Mortimer,  lead  to  a  discuBsion  of  tlic 
affair;  and  tben  be  meant  to  m^  as  Lord  Mortimer  had  parti;  con- 
tributed to  raise  them  himself,  b;  bis  attendance  on  Lady  Enphraaia, 
be  oonld  not  possibly,  with  honor,  recede  froin  realiziog  them :  yet 
-  often  did  his  lordship  fear  bis  scheme  would  prove  abortive ;  for  well 
b«  knew  the  cool  judgment  and  keen  peuetrntion  of  his  Eon :  this 
fear  always  inspired  liim  with  horror,  for  he  had  a  motive  for  desiring 
the  union  which  he  duret  not  avow. 

lord  Mortimer  quickly  indeed  discerned  what  his  father's  views 
vere,  in  promoting  his  otten<lAnco  on  Lady  Enphrosia;  he  tlierefura 
ftToided  her  society  wlienover  it  waa  possible  to  do  so,  withoat 
Mtsolnte  mdcnesB ;  and  contradicted  tiie  reports  be  almost  coDtinnally 
bcani,  of  an  intended  alliance  between  Ihem,  in  the  most  soleran 
ICaniii^;  lie  bad  always  disblied  her,  but  latterly  that  dislike  was 
Bonvcrted  into  hatred,  from  the  malevolence  of  her  conduct  towards 
AmBodii ;  and  lie  felt,  tliat  even  were  liia  heart  free,  he  never  could 
[iCe  his  to  her  or  give  bis  hand  where  It  most  he  unaccompanied 
^th  est«cm;  be  wished  to  avoid  a  didngreeable  conversation  with 
Lord  Clierbiiry,  and  flattered  himself,  bis  unalterable  indifference  U> 
Imf  lailyship  would  at,  length  convince  Ids  lord.ahip  of  tlie  iinpos- 
ribility  of  accomplishing  bia  projected  scheme,  and  tliat  consequently 
It  wonld  be  dropped  ere  openly  avowed,  and  he  saved  the  painful 
•eoeMitj  of  absolntely  n^ecting:  a  proposal  of  his  father- 
■  Id  the  evening  Lady  Greystook  and  Amanda  received  cards  foi 
dinner  the  next  day  at  the  Mnrqnis  of  Boslinc's.  Amanda  made  ni 
etioii  to  this  invitation ;  her  father  had  onen  declared  if  the  n;ar- 
inets  motle  an  overture  for  an  intimacy  with  bia  children,  b* 
M  not  reject  it,  as  be  always  deemed  family  qnarrelrt  highly  pre- 
judicial to  botli  parties,  with  regard  to  tlie  oitiiiion  of  tin.  world 


timo  OD  I*dj  Ei^litnia,  and  »he  eacaaragti  lib  MMdi 

(if  cAbeliDg  ■  change  in  LonlMoTtimer'aiiiauQdr;  but  bad  U 

nrcn  been  a  paiiioiiate  lover,  poor'FrecloTe  was  not  c 

tMpira  bin  with  Jealonsr.     "I  declare,"  cooIiiMud  1 

Amanda  tbnmgh  an  opera  ^aas  vlu(^  danced  from  his  battixi  htit^ 

"  if  Ler  lather  has  notbing  to  nipport  liim,  bat  Ibe  hoi)C  uf  her  >'in'''"g 

a  coDgaett  of  importatiGe,  be  will  be  in  a  sad  wav,  fur  'pon  my  aoal, 

i  can  see  nothing  the  giii  has  to  reoommend  her,  except  noveltjr,  and 

tbat,  yiia  knoir,  is  a  charir'  which  will  lessen  eveij  day :  all  she  eaa 

ponilily  expect  is  an  estabUabmeat  for  a  few  montiu  with  aomo 

tasteless  being,  who  may  like  the  aimplicity  of  her  country  look — — " 

"Aailroure  than  she  merits,"  ei claimed  Miss  Uakobii ;  "Ihara 
no  patience  witli  wiL  creatures  forcing  tlieuueliee  into  society  qiiit« 
above  them." 

"I  aSKureycu,"  said  Lady  Eaphra.sU,  "yuu  would  be ostoniBbed  at 
her  vanity  and  conceit,  if  yon  knew  ber :  she  considers  herself  a  firsa 
rate  beauty,  tbough  poaitiiely  any  one  may  »ee  she  is  qaite  tbe  re- 
Tcnc,  and  prelends  to  the  greatest  gentleness  and  simplidiy ;  tbea 
■lie  has  made  eooie  Btraogo  kind  of  people,  to  be  sure  they  mont  be. 


I  enndrd  with  companjr,  liut  Lord  Mortimer  appenred  not  among  th« 
brilliftnt  Msemblj ;  jet  the  pnng  of  diBappointment  wm  softened  to 
I  Amanda  by  bU  absence  intimating  tbat  he  was  not  anxions  fur  the 
L  aocietj  of  Ladj  Euphmnia : — true,  huflinesa,  or  a  pri^r  engngemont, 
might  have  prevented  his  coining,  but  she,  as  is  natural,  fiicd  oa  the 
'    idea  most  Battering  to  herself. 

Lady  Euphrasia,  in  pursunnce  of  the  plan  laid  ngiunst  Amandn.  led 
[fae  way  to  the  matic-room,  attended  by  a  large  party ;  as  Freelovo 
bad  intimated  to  eome  of  the  boaui  aod  belles,  her  ladyship  and  he 
were  going  to  quii  an  ignorant  Irish  country  girl.  Lady  Eupbmaift 
■at  down  to  the  barpftichord,  that  ehc  might  have  a  Letter  pretext  for 
Msking  Amanda  to  play. — Frcelove  seated  himself  hy  the  latter,  and 
began  a  converuition,  whioh  he  thought  would  effectually  embarrass 
ber;  but  it  had  quite  a  contrary  effect,  rendering  him  so  extremely 
I  ridiculous,  as  to  excite  a  universal  laugh  at  his  expense.  Amanda 
fioa  perceived  his  iDtentlon  in  addressing  her,  and  also,  that  Lady 
Enphrama  and  Miss  Ualcolm  were  privy  to  it,  having  ciiu^lit  Ibe  mg- 
Dificaot  looks  which  passed  among  them.  Though  trembling  alive  to 
tvcry  feeling  of  modesty,  she  had  too  mnch  sense,  and  real  nobleness 


of  soul,  to  allow  tlie  illiberal  Millies  of  impertii 
KiTii]>aaure. 
"  Have  you  seen  any  of  tlie 
I    exclaimed  Freelove,  lolling  buck 


e  to  divest  ber  of 


of  I  ondon,  my    lear," 
chair,  and  contemplntiU(f  the 


lustre  of  his  buckler,  uucoDscious  of  the  ridicule  lie  e: 
I       "  1  tliink  1  have,"  said  Amanda,  somewhat  archly,  and  glancing  at 

Um,  "quite  an  original  in  its  kind."    Her  looks,  as  well  as  the 

emphasis  on  her  words,  excited  another  tangb  at  his  expense,  which 
,    tiirew  him  into  a  momentary  confusion. 

"I  think,"  said  he,  as  he  recovered  from  it,  "the  Monument  and 
I   ijte  Tower  would  be  prodigious  tine  sights  to  you,  and  1  make  a  par- 

ticokr  request  tliat  1  may  be  included  in  jour  party  wbeuevur  you 

visit  them;  particuhirly  the  lust  place." 

"  And  why,"  replied  Amanda,  "  should  I  take  tlie  trouble  of  visiting 
'   wild  beosta,  when  every  day  I  may  we  ■ninmTa  equally  strange:,  and 

not  half  so  niisctuevoaa  I" 
I  .    Freelove,  insensible  as  be  was,  could  not  mistake  the  meHnin;;  of 

Amanda's  words,  and  he  left  her  with  a  mortified  nir,  being,  to  an. 

(■in  own  phrn^e,  "  I'oniplelely  done  np" 


Liidj  Eu[i)iriitiA,unvri>liigfrom  tliebarptichnrd, requested AtBiituljt 
to  take  ticT  plnud  at  it ;  KBjiog,  with  an  irouiuul  mir,  ''  ber  pvrl'umtki 
(nbioh  indeed  triui  Hhuvkiog)  would  make  bsra  appear  tu  itiiuiMiig 
aJvnntnge." 

DiSid'^Dt  of  b«r  own  Abilitieii,  Amanda  begged  lo  be  excasM] ;  but 
wltva  Mius  Mnlci'lm,  with  aa  «artieatiiess  eron  upprcuiTC,  jiiinad  her 
f  ntre»U«8  to  Lad;  Euphnuia's,  she  could  ao  longer  reluse. 

"  I  bujspuse,"  eaid  her  liidjsbip,  following  bcr  lo  tlie  inetmmeiir. 
''  ibcso  eungB,"  presenting  ber  Borne  trifling  ones,  "will  iui«w«t  you 
bi*tler  tbim  the  Italian  music  before  ;ou." 

Ajuonda  made  do  reply,  but  turned  oier  the  leaves  of  a  book  lo  n 
te^sun  niucb  mure  difficult  than  that  Lady  Euphraeia  bad  played. 
Her  touch  at  first  wna  tremulous  and  veaV,  but  sbe  vaa  loo  Bueoepti- 
hle  of  the  powen  of  liannony,  not  soon  to  be  in^iiired  by  It ;  acil 
k'raduslly  her  style  became  so  masterly  ai>d  dcgant,  a9  to  cxdt«  nni- 
x'ereol  admiration,  except  in  the  bosoms  of  tlic£«  who  had  hoped  to 
place  her  in  b  ludicrona  situation ;  their  indiridiud  Khem°^  instead  c^ 
ilepreasing,  had  only  served  to  render  excellence  coospiptious,  and 
th.it  mortifiuation  they  destined  for  another  fell  upon  thewsel-efl. 


22i 


4r[ng  twaj  at  one  or  tlio  theatres,  for  no  peraon  of  fiuhlmi  tvoald  reollj 

Intraxt  their  children  to  ho  confident  a  erentDre." 

■  The  fair  object  of  their  diafjnietude  gladly  accompanied  Lddy  Ara- 

mintA  into  another  room;  several  gentlemen  followed,  and  crowded 

•  'tbout  her  chair,  offering  that  adulation  whidi  tliey  were  acoitstoaied 

>*  lt>  find  acceptable  at  the  shrine  of  beauty;  to  Amanda,  however,  it 

was  irksome,  not  only  from  its  absurd  extravagance,  bnt  as  it  inter- 

tttlited  her  conversation  with  lAity  Araminta.     The  marchioness, 

"however,  who  oritically  watched  her  motions,  soon  relieved  her  from 

the  troublesome  assiduities  of  the  beam,  by  placing  them  at  card 

las;  not,  indeed,  from  any  good-natured  motive,  bnt  she  oonld  not 

bear  that  Amanda  should  have  so  much  attention  pud  her,  and  flattened 

Lerself  she  would  l>e  vexed  by  losing  it. 

In  the  course  of  conversation  Ijtdy  Araminta  mentioned  Ireland. 
"She  hod  a  faint  ivmembrance  of  Castle  Carberry,"  she  said,  "and  had 
been  half  tempted  to  accompany  the  marqnis  and  his  family  in  their 
iBleexcDrsioc:  her  brother,"  sheadded,  "had  almost  made  her  promise 
'  to  visit  the  caatle  with  him  the  ensuing  anmraer. — Yon  have  seen  Lord 
Ifortimer,  to  be  snre,"  continued  her  ladyshijt. 

"Yes,  madam,"  &ltered  Amanda,  while  her  fkce  was  overspread 
■with  criinsoQ  hue.  Her  ladyship  wa»  too  penetrating  not  to  perceive 
'  her  confairioa,  and  it  gave  rise  to  a  conjecture  of  something  more  than 
ft  alight  acquaintance  between  his  lordship  and  Amanda.  The  melan- 
choly he  had  betrayed  on  his  return  from  Ireland,  liad  excited  the 
niillery  of  her  ladyship,  till  convinced,  by  the  discomposure  he  showed 
enever  she  attempted  to  inquire  into  the  occasion  of  it,  tliot  it 
proceeded  from  a  source  tmly  interesting  lo  hia  feelings.  She  knew 
of  the  alliance  her  (ather  had  projected  for  him  with  the  R^isline 
family,  a  project  she  never  approved  of,  for  Lady  Euphrasia  was  tmly 
disagreeable  to  her;  and  a  soul  like  Mortimer's,  tender,  liberal,  and 
unoere,  she  knew  could  never  experience  the  smnllet^t  degree  of  hap- 
pineaa  with  a  being  so  imcongenial  in  every  respect  a»  was  Lady 
Enphrasia  to  him.  She  loved  her  brother  with  the  truest  tendemcas, 
and  secretly  believed  he  waa  attached  in  Ireland.  She  wished  to  gain 
liis  confidence,  yet  would  not  solicit  it,  bfcanse  she  knew  she  had  it 
not  in  her  power  essontiidly  to  serve  liim;  her  argnments,  she  was 
Oinvinoed,  would  have  little  wdght  with  Ix>rd  Cherbnry,  who  had 
oft«t  expreaaed  to  her  hia  aniiely  for  a  connexion  with  ibe  R,>slic\* 


fiimily,  Wich  the  loTcUneaa  of  Amanda's  person,  witU  the  elegnnOB 
nl'  her  mnnupr,  she  was  immediately  chomied ;  as  she  conversed  with 
her,  o'^ti^tD  vros  adijcd  to  odiiii ration,  and  she  believed  that  Mortimer 
ivould  not  have  omitted  mentioQing  to  lier  the  beautiful  danghler  of 
hid  father's  agent,  hod  he  uot  feared  betraving  too  much  emotioo  at 
liername.  Bbeajipeared,  toLady  Aramiola,  jubI  tbekindofawoinaii 
he  would  adore,  jost  tlie  being  that  would  answer  all  the  ideas  of 
porfection  (romantic  ideas  she  had  called  them,)  which  he  had 
declared  necessary  to  captivate  hia  heart.  Lady  Araiiiinta  already 
folt  for  her  unspeakable  tenderness;  in  tlie  soltnesB  of  her  looks,  in 
Lhe  sweetness  of  her  voice,  there  were  resistless  charms  j  and  ahti 
felt,  that  if  oppreiiscd  by  sorrow,  Amanda  Fitzolan,  above  all  other 
beiuga,  was  the  one  she  would  select  to  give  her  consolation.  The 
coofujiion  she  betrayed  at  the  mention  of  Mortimer,  made  her  ladyship 
tiQspectfhe  was  the  cause  of  this  dejection.  She  iuvolanlarily  fastened 
lier  eyes  upon  her  face,  as  if  to  penetrate  the  recesses  of  her  heart,  yet 
with  a  tenderness  which  seemed  to  say,  she  would  pity  the  secret  aha 
might  there  discover. 
Lord  Cberbury,  at  this  moment  of  embarrassment  to  Amaodo, 


CHILDnEN      OT      TUB      ABDRT.  3Z9 

what  a  chnnning,  polite  iniin  his  lordship  waa ;  and,  in  short,  threw 
unt  Kuch  bints,  and  entered  into  such  s  warm  eulogiiim  on  his  merita, 
that  Amanda  began  to  tliinV-  he  vonld  not  find  it  very  difficult  to 
prevul  on  her  ladyship  to  enter  once  mora  the  temple  of  Hymen, 

Amanda  retired  to  her  cbamher,  in  a  state  of  greater  bappioesa 
than  for  a  long  period  before  she  bad  experienced ;  bnt  it  was  happi- 
ness whioh  rather  agitated,  than  soothed  the  feelingis,  particular!]! 
bera,  which  were  so  susceptible  of  every  impression,  that 

And  lumlnf ,  lntioU«d  loo. 

Iter  present  linppiress  was  the  ofiapring  of  hope,  and  therefore 
peculiarly  liable  to  disappointment ;  a  hope  derived  from  the  atten- 
tlona  of  Lord  Cherhury,  and  the  tendemeaa  of  Lady  ArmniiitA.  Chat 
tlie  fond  wishes  i>f  her  heart  might  yet  be  reohzed;  wishes,  again 
believed,  from  hearing  of  Lord  Mortimer's  dejection,  (wliieh  his  sister 
had  tooched  npon)  from  his  absenting  himself  from  the  marquis'^, 
were  not  anoongenial  to  those  he  himself  entertained.  She  sat  down 
to  acquaint  her  father  with  the  particnlare  of  the  day  she  hod  passed, 
for  her  chief  consolation  in  her  ahaonce  from  him,  was,  in  the  idea  of 
writing  and  hearing  constantly ;  her  writing  Gnislied,  she  sat  by  the 
iire,  meditating  on  the  interview  she  expected  would  take  place  on 
the  ensuing  day,  till  the  hoarse  voice  of  the  watchmen  proclaiming 
past  thrc«  o'cloek,  ronsed  her  from  the  reverie;  elie  smiled  at  the 
mbstroction  of  her  thonglits,  and  retired  to  bed  to  dream  of  felicity. 

Bo  calm  were  her  dlumbers,  and  so  delightfiil  her  dreams,  that  Sol 
bad  long  shot  his  timorons  ray  into  her  cbamher  ere  she  awoke.  Her 
■pints  still  continued  serene  and  animated.  On  descending  to  the 
dc&wlng-room,  she  found  Lady  Oreystock  just  entering  It.  After 
breokfkst,  they  went  out  iu  her  ladyship's  carriage  to  difi'erent  porta 
of  the  town.  All  was  new  to  Amanda,  who,  during  her  former 
reKidence  in  it,  had  been  entirely  confined  to  lodgings  in  a  retired 
street.  Slie  wondered  at,  and  wna  amused  by  the  crowds  continually 
passing  and  repassing.  About  four  they  returned  to  dross.  Amiinda 
fcegan  the  Inhoura  of  the  toilet  with  a  healing  lieart;  nor  were  its 
qoifJt  pulsations  decreased  or.  enlering  Ijidy  Greystock's  carringe, 
which  in  a  few  raiwitcs  conveyed  her  lo  Lord  Clicrbnry's  house  ia 


8L  JwDfti'e  Sqnate.     She  followed  her  ludyitliip  witb  tottering  eUpM; ' 
and  ilie  first  abject  she  suw,  un  entering  tbo  drawiux-roam,  was  Uor- 

timer  standing;  near  t>io  <lcK>r. 


OHAPTEB    XXV. 


Ik  tlie  drnwing-room  were  already  assembled  the  tnarqnts,  mar- 
ohiooess,  Lady  Eniihrasia,  Mias  Malcolm,  and  Froelove.  Ladj 
Araminta  pe'ceived,  m  tbe  hpei'.ttini;  voice  of  Amanda,  llie  emotions 
which  agjlatwl  he,  ar.d  which  were  not  diminished,  when  Lord 
Cherbiiry  taking  her  troiiiblinit  tinnd,  said, 

"Mortimer,  I  pre9Di.t>  -.-''. i  hare  idready  seen  Hiis  Fitzalaa  ia 


CHILD  It  EN    or    Tur    iBBEr.  S3 1 

■di'oncaa  Anil  J*i\y  Euphnuija  Fegftr(]ei1  her,  shu  ezei'ted  lier  •pint*, 
.tnd  van  BooD  a.'iLe  to  Juio  tbo  general  coDTeraatiou,  whiob  Lord 
UortiiQcr  protjuiIiKL 

le  iineipcoteU  erriTii]  of  Amiuida  in  Loudon,  astonished  tad 
notwithstanding  bis  re^eotmeat,  deliglited  him.  His  sister,  when 
thnj  were  alone  in  tlie  nioroing,  liad  mentioned  her  with  all  the 
fervency  of  praise;  her  pluuditA  pAve  biui  a  sensaLioa  of  satisfied 
pridn,  wliich  oonTiDcod  him  ho  woa  tiot  less  than  ever  intereated 
ahoDt  Ainaiida.  Since  liia  retam  from  Ireland,  he  hud  been  distracted 
\)j  iDc«rtitade  and  anxiety  about  Ltr;  the  iunoceni^e,  pnritj  and  ten- 
demers  she  bad  duplaved,  woreperpe'aally  reourring  to  his  memory; 

.  it  Tiu  impnwiblo,  be  thouglit,  thej  could  be  feigned,  and  he  began  to 
'lliink  the  apparent  injstery  of  her  conduct  slie  eould  satisfactorily 

t  bave  explained ;  that  deiiignedly  she  hod  not  avoided  him :  imd  that 

.  bat  fwr  the  impetnoMty  of  his  own  passions,  which  hod  induced  hia 
preeipitate  departnre,  be  might  ere  this  ba^o  had  all  bis  doubts 
removed.  Tortured  with  inc-es&ant  regret  for  tlils  departure,  be 
ipould  have  returned  immediately  to  Ireland,  but  at  ttiid  period  found 

.,it  impos»b1e  to  do  so,  without  exeitiog  inquitiea  from  Lord  Cher- 
bnry,  which  at  present  be  did  not  choose  to  answer.  He  had  planned 
n  eicur^on  thither  the  ensuing  sammer,  with  Lady  Aramintji,  deter- 
mined  no  longer  to  ondore  his  Huapense;  be  now  ainioat  believed  the 
peculiar  inter])OsitioD  of  Providence  had  brought  Amanda  to 
town,  thus  afibrdiug  him  anoClier  opportuully  of  having  his  anxiety 
Kheved,  and  the  ctiief  obatoule,  perliaps,  to  bis,  and,  he  flattered 
himsell^  also  to  her  happinef«,  removed :  for  if  asaured  her  precipitate 
journey  from  Wales  woa  OMOsioned  by  no  motive  she  need  biusb  to 
tTow,  he  fdt  be  should  be  better  enabled  to  combat  the  difficnltiee  he 
was  convinced  his  father  wonld  throw  In  the  way  of  their  miion. 
Sotwit^s tending  Lady  Amniinla's  endeavoum  to  gain  Lis  implicit 
lOonfidenM,  ho  resolved  to  withhold  it  Ihtm  bor,  lest  she  should  incur 
1  the  lempornry  di^pleiicuro  of  Lord  Clidrbnry,  by  the  warm 
intereal  be  knew  ibe  woii.d  l.tke  in  hia  nJain,  if  ouce  informed  of 
them. 

Amauila  looked  thinner  and  palor  than  when  be  had  seen  her  in 
Ireland,  yet,  if  possible,  more  in(ore?rting  from  Iho^e  drcnmrtaiicoB ; 
ttnd,  from  the  soft  glance  slie  bad  involuntarily  directed  towards  Ii!io 
nt  thi>  enlvanee,  he  was  tempted  to  L'link  he  ha^,  in  sume  degree,  con^ 


983 


CHILD  B«M     or     TBE 


tribstod  ti>  rob  her  loTely  olMek  of  its  bloom ;  ind  tbla  IdM  n 
berdeow  Uun  ever  to  him. — Soaroely  oouldhe  ratnin  thsTaptan. 
he  felt  OD  M^g  her,  within  l^e  necesauy  boondi;  aoaroalj  oould  b* 
belieie  the  loene  which  hwl  given  rise  to  hii  bi^pbuM  nal;  Ui  . 
heartat theinouMDt,meltingwithtonilemeH,iigfaad{br thepariodtf  . 
Biplanaljon,  whiob  be  trusted,  wluch  he  hoped,  wonld  tlaa  b«  th* 
period  of  reoondliation.  •■/; 

The  gentlemen  jtdned  the  lodiea  «bi>nt  ted  time,  ud  u  no  additlnul 
oompany  were  expected,  Ladj  EnpLrasia  propMed  »  putj  to  tb» 
tantheoD :  this  was  immediately  agreed  to,  Amanda  waa  deligfatad:- 
•t  the  proposal,  aa  it  not  onljr  promised  to  gr«til|f  her  coriosi^,  but 
to  give  Lord  Mortimer  an  opportonitj  of  addreaiiDg  ber,  aa  aha  MiT' 
he  wished,  bnt  Tainljr  attempted  at  liome.  Tha  MarqnU  and  Lovd 
Oherhnr;  declined  going.  I«dj  QrejBtook,  who  hjKl  not  orderad  - 
her  oarritge  till  a  mnoh  later  hour,  aooepted  a  plaoa  in  the  n>Br< 
ohioneea's. 

Keither  Lady  Enphrama,  nor  Uibs  Maloolm,  ooold  bear  the  idea  of 
Iiord  Uortimer  and  Amanda  going  in  the  same  oarri^e,  aa  U>e  pt«* 
(if  Ijidy  Arnminta,  thej  ivere  conviiiceJ,  wonlii  ii 


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orereprearl  the  couuteaance  of  Amanda;  her  Land  Irembied  Id  hia, 
[    And  she  fdt  in  tLiit  moment  recoiiipetiBed  fur  her  former  digappoiDt* 
.  rtnt,  and  eievnted  above  the  Utile  insolence  of  Freelove.    Lord  Mor- 
I  tin.er  hooded  her  to  his  sister,  who  vaa  waiting  to  receive  her,  and 
I   thej  proceeded  to  the  room.    Lady  Eophrssin  entered  it  with  a  tem- 
per nnfllted  for  enjoyment;  she  was  convinced  the  whole  sonl  of 
I-  llortimer  vrns  deroted  to  Amanda,  and  she  trembled,  from  tlie  vio- 
\  Wt  and  malignant  feelings  that  conviction  eiciled.     From  the 
I  moment  Le  entered  the  carriage  till  he  quitted  it,  lie  hod  remained 
i,  notwithstanding  all  her  efforts,  and  Miss  Molcolni'a  to  force 
I   liitn  into  conversation.    He  left  tliem  as  aooa  as  thcj  reached  the 
FontheoD,   to   watch   the   marchioness's    carriage,   which  followed 
I  theirs,  and  on  rejoining  Amanda,  lie  attached  himself  entirely  la  her, 
i  'Jrithout  Boj  longer  appearing  aniloas  to  conceal  his  predilection  for 
He  hod,  indeed,  forgotten  the  necessity  there  was  for  conceal- 
ing it;  all  bis  feelings,  all  his  ideas  were  engrossed  by  ecstasy  and 
tenderness.    The  novelty,  tlie  brilliancy  of  the  scene,  exdted  snr- 
prise  and  pleasnre  in  Ajnaoda,  and  lie  was  delighted  with  the  ani- 
mated description  she  gave  of  the  effect  it  prodnced  npon  her  mind. 
In  her  he  foand  united,  exalted  seiise,  lively  fancy,  and  an  nnoor- 
I  npted  taste:  he  forgot  tliat  the  eyes  of  jeiUonsy  and  malevolenoe 
I  were  on  them;  he  forgot  every  object  bat  herself. 
I       But,  alas  I  poor  Amanda  was  doomed  to  disappointment  this  evati' 
I  lag.    Lady  Oreystock,  according  to  a  hint  she  had  received,  alter  a 
I  few  rounds,  stept  np  to  her,  and  declared  ehe  mnst  accompany  ber  to 
I  ■  seat,  as  she  was  convinced  her  health  was  yet  too  weak  to  boar 
I  Hioch  fatigue.    Amanda  assured  her  the  was  not  in  the  least  fuligned, 
I  and  that  she  would  prefer  walking:  besides,  she  had  half  promised 
I  Lord  Mortimer  to  dance  with  hira.     This  l.Ady  Greystiick  absolutely 
I  declared  she  would  not  consent  to,  though  I..ady  Arominta,  on  whose 

■  Aim  Amanda  leaned,  pleaded  fur  ber  friend,  assuring  her  ladyship 
I  "abe  would  take  care  Mins  Fitislsn  should  not  injure  herself." 

I  "Ah,  yott  young  people,"  said  Lady  Greystock.  "are  so  carried 
Imray  with  spirits,  jou  never  refiect  on  consequences  ;  but  I  declare, 
ftaa  she  is  intrusted  to  my  care,  I  could  not  onsner  it  to  my  conscience 

■  to  lot  her  run  into  any  kind  of  danger," 

I  Lady  Aramiuta  remonstrutod  with  ber  ladyship,  and  Amanda 
^  would  have  joined,  but  that  she  feared  hor  real  motive  for  so  duing 


•234 


wonid  Lave  !i6on  diacoTereJ.  She  percei  red  tlie  parly  \r 
n-utn  proceeding  on  ber  account,  and  iuujie<]iueel}'  offered  her  arm  to 
l-aiy  Greystock,  and  aooompanied  her  and  the  marchioness  to  a  seat, 
TjLdj  Euphrasia,  catching  hold  of  Ladj  Araminta's  arm,  hurried 
ber,  at  the  Baine  instant,  into  the  crowd ;  Mies  Malcolm,  as  if  bf 
clajice,  laid  her  hand  on  Lord  Mortimer,  and  tbns  compelled  him  to 
attend  her  jiarty.  She  saw  him,  bowever,  in  the  coarse  of  the  ronnd, 
preparing  to  ll;  off;  hut  when  they  had  completed  it,  lo  her  ineiprea- 
eible  joy,  the  situation  of  Amanda  made  hini  relinqniih  his  intentvon, 
OS  lo  converse  with  her  was  utterly  impossible,  for  the  marchioness 
bad  placed  her  Iwtween  Lady  Greystoclc  and  herself;  and,  onddr  tba 
pretence  of  freqnentiy  addressing  lier  ladyship,  was  contianally  lean^ 
iug  Bcroaa  Amanda,  so  as  to  exclude  her  almost  &om  oliserraticm, 
thus  recdering  her  situation,  exclusive  of  regret  at  being  eeparatad 
from  l.ord  Mortimer  and  Lady  Araminta,  highly  dUagreeahle.  I^a 
marchioness  enjoyed  a  malicious  joy  in  the  nneasinesa  she  saw  sh» 
^ve  Amanda:  she  deemed  it  but  a  ttlifcht  retaliation  for  Uie  uneasi- 
ness alie  had  given  La<ly  Enphraaia ;  a  trilling  pnuishment  for  the 
admirntion  she  had  excited.  ' 


^  CHILDRK.V      or      IMS      AbUBT.  '245 

all  interested  about  eitLer,  wouW  linvo  been  tmly  flattering.     Aa 

thin,  however,  was  not   the   j'oung  bixoncl's  case,  afiiT  pajing  Lis 

•wmpUioentfl,  in  &  general  way,  to  llm  whole  party,  ho  was  making 

■lis  purtitig  bow,  when  his  companion,  pnlling  him  by  the  sleeve,  bid 

Ijm  observe  a  beautiful  girl  sitting  opiHisite  to  them.    They  bad 

(topped   near  the   uutrchioneas'f   seat,  and   it  was  to  Amanda  Sir 

CSuHm's  eyes  were  directed. 

ft-— "Orackms  heaven,"  cried  he,  Btarting,  while  Mb  cheek  was  siiffoBed 

■Mtli  a  ^ow  of  pleasnre,  "  can  this  be  possible  ?  Can  this,  in  reality," 

Brisandng  to  bor  seat,  "  be  Uias  Fitzalan  ?    This  surely,"  continued 

bn,  "is  ■  meeting  aa  fortunate  aa  nnexpected ;  but  for  that,  I  shunld 

■tare  been  posting  back  to  Ireland  in  a  day  or  two." 

B     Amanda  blushed  deeply  at  thus  publicly  declaring  her  power  of 

KMgnlatiiig  hia  aotiuna.     Her  confusion  restored  that  recollection  bis 

■Joyful  surprise  had  deprived  him   of,  and  he  addressed  tbe  mar- 

■Uhloness  and  Lady  Groyalock.    The  former  haughtily  bowed,  without 

Biyiiiliiii[     and  the  latter,  laughing  sigoificaittly,  aaid,  "sbe  really 

■tengined  eosUsy  on  Uiss  Fltzalun'a  account,  had  madu  him  forget 

■{My  one  eixe  was  present."    Tlie  situation  of  Amanda  waa  tantalizing 

■tfl.  an  extreme  degree  to  Sir  Obarka:  it  precluded  all  con\-crsatiuii, 

■■id  frequently  hid  her  fVoin  his  view,  as  tlie  innrcLioncas  and  Lwly 

npteyatock  adll  continued  their  nretendcd  whi3|ien.    Sir  Cbiirles  bad 

■wme  knowledge  of  tbe  marcldonesa's  disposition,  and  quickly  per- 

BHidved  the  motive  of  bcr  present  londuut. 

^s  "Tour  kdjsbip  is  kind,"  said  lie,  "in  trying  to  hide  Miss  Filzalnn, 
mm  no  doubt  yun  are  conscious  'lis  not  a  i^light  heari-arlie  the  would 
■Mve  to  some  of  the  belles  prese-nt  tliiji  evening;  but  why,"  continued 
mb^  taming  to  Amanda,  "do  you  prefer  sitlinj  to  \inJkingi" 
Bk  Arnanda  made  no  answer;  Imt  a  glance  fniiu  Loj'  eipresaire  eyes 
U*  tbe  kdios,  informed  him  of  the  reason. 

H^liody  Enphraiiia  and  HL'»>  Vakolm,  provi  ked  at  the  abrupt  dcpar- 
Bttre  of  Kr  C%nrle9,  had  buTiod  on ;  bat  scortjcly  had  they  proceeded 
Uf  tow  yardii,  ere  envy  and  curiofily  induced  thorn  to  tui'u  back. 
B|^y  Arnminta  perceived  tlutir  cliogrrn,  and  sweetly  enjoyed  it.  Sir 
BSharles,  who  liad  been  looking  iiupaljenily  for  their  approach,  the 
IkmTient  he  perceived  Ibetii,  entreated  Amanda  to  join  llieui. 
^V  "Let  me,"  cried  be,  ^reseating  liia  hand,  "be  your  knlglit  un  the 
KjWflcnt  ocarion,  and  tlulirer  you  fiiim  wliat  may  he  callt'J  ab&ulutH 


site  liesiuteJ  not  to  acoept  bi3  offer;  the  conlioual  buu  111  Ite 

room,  will]  tLe  pastdng  and  re-paasing  ol'tliQ  oonipan;,  Itnd  made  hor 
Dead  giildj' ;  she  d««ined  no  epukigy  r«tiiusite  to  her  companions, 
uud,  qaitting  her  eeat,  hastened  forward  to  Lad;  AraiiuDta,  who  ha^ 
ftopi>cd  for  her.  A  crowd  at  that  mouient  luterToniog  betwees 
tlieai  retarded  her  progress.  Sir  Charles,  pressing  her  bond  with 
t't'rvour,  availed  himself  of  this  opportiinit;  lu  express  hie  pleasure  ft 
their  unexpected  meeting. 

"  Ah  I  how  little,"  cried  he,  "  did  I  imagin*  there  woa  such  happi* 
Tieas  la  store  for  me  tliis  eTeningE'' 

"Sir  Cliarles,"  said  Amanda,  eDdearoaring,  thoDgb  in  vain,  to 
withdrew  her  hand,  "yon  have  learned  the  art  of  flattering  uno». 
jour  return  to  England," 

"  I  wish,"  oried  he,  "  I  had  kaniod  the  art  of  expressing  as  I  wiali 
the  sentiments  I  feel." 

Lord  Mortimer,  T-ho  had  made  way  through  the  crowd  for  tb« 
Indies,  at  thi^  instant  ajipeared ;  he  ficciried  to  recoil  at  the  sitaatiun 
of  Amanda,  whose  hand  waa  yet  detained  in  Sir  OLarles's,  while  tiia 


■  VBiLSRi:!     or    T  U  S     ABBir.  ?3T 

I  fany  herkdyBhip,  as  they  believed  Lnnl  Ifordmer  ulreaily  gone,  and 
I  Ae  and  Amanda,  therefore,  returned  alune.  Sir  Charles  was  inviud 
I  to  fliipper,  an  inritation  be  joyfully  accepted,  and  promised  to  follow 

■  ker  btdyBliip  as  noon  as  be  bad  appiiaed  the  party  be  came  witb  of 
W  b*  intention. 

I  Lady  Araminta  and  Amanda  arrived  eome  time  before  the  reit.  of 
I*  llie  party ;  ber  ladysbip  snid,  "  tbat  her  leaving  town  was  to  attend 
I  Hie  nnptialfl  of  a  particnkr  friend,"  snd  was  eipreneiog  ber  Lopes, 
I  that  on  ber  retnrn,  she  sboold  often  be  favoured  with  the  mmpany  of 
K  Amanda,  when  tlie  door  suddenly  opened,  and  Lord  Mortimer 
■'Mtered.  He  looked  pleased  and  surprised,  and  taking  a  seat  un  the 
KMb  between  them,  exckinied,  aa  he  regarded  tbem  with  nnntterablo 

■  fanderness,  "  Surely,  one  moment  Uke  this  is  worth  whole  hours, 
■'■Mb  M  we  have  lately  spent.      May  1,"  looking  at  Amanda,  "say, 

■  tbat  chance  is  now  ])rupltiun8  to  lue,  aa  it  was  some  time  ago  to  Sir 
KOIurle*  Blngley  f  Tell  me,"  continued  be,  "  weje  you  not  agreeably 
■ilBrpriscd  U>-nighti" 

■  •  "By  the  Pantheon?    Undonhfedly,  njy  lord." 

■  •  "And  by  Sir  Ohorles  Bingley  I" 

^    "  No ;  he  is  too  slight  an  acquaintance,  either  to  give  pleasure 

■If  Ills  presence,  or  pain  by  his  absence." 

■"'Tills  was  jnst  what  Lord  Moilimer  wanted  to  bear. — The  loots  of 

KAjnando,  and  above  all,  the  manner  in  whieb  she  had  received  the 

Mllentions  of  Sir  Obarlc^,  evinced  her  sinoerily.   The  shadow  of  jeal- 

Mny  removed.  Lord  Mortimer  re<'^vered  all  his  animadon.    Nerei 

KSms  the  mind  feel  ao  light,  so  truly  happy,  as  when  a  painful  doubt 

Fl>  banished  fi-om  it. 

I      "  Uiss  FHzalon,"  said  Lndy  Arnniinta,  reenrring  to  what  Amandr 

Brlwd  Jnst  aaid,  "  con  soo  few  beings  like  herself  capable  of  e.tcitinf 

Kfaunediste  esteem :  for  my  part,  I  cAnnot  persuade  myself  that  she  it 

^^  Be<)naintanee  of  but  two  days,  I  feel  snch  an  interest  in  ber  vel- 

Hfere,  such  a  sisterly  regard."    She  paused  and  looked  expressively  on 

Hktr  brother  and  Auiando.     Ills  fine  eyes   beamed  the  liveliest 

BiMtBnre. 

■~ ' "  Oh,  my  sister,"  cried  he,  "  encourage  tliat  sisterly  nffi?ction :  who 

ho  worthy  of  posseting  it  as  Miss  Fitzal&n  t  and  who  but  Amanda," 

BlDiiiinaed  he,  patoing  bis  arm  around  her  waist,  and  sotXly  wliisiierin^ 

ttoJia',  "atiall  hare  a  right  to  daiin  itt" 


2.18  0Hll.DB««OrT.lttABBK*-. 

The  stopping  of  the  Cftrriagcs  Dow  BonoDnced  the  return  of  thi 
party,  and  tenninated  a  scene  whicli,  if  much  longer  protraotad, 
might,  by  iucrcaaing  their  agitation,  have  produced  a  full  discovery  of 
their  feelings.  The  ladies  were  attended  by  Sir  Chariea  and  Fr«e- 
love.  Tlie  marquia  and  Lord  Cherbury  had  been  out,  bol  retomed 
about  this  time,  and  Boon  after  supper  tlie  oompany  departed,  Lady 
Aramiota  tenderly  bidding  Amanda  farewelJ. 

The  cares  which  bad  so  long  preyed  iijwn  the  heart  tif  Amanda, 
and  diaturbed  its  peace,  were  now  vanished;  the  whisper  of  Lord 
Mortimer  had  assured  her,  that  ahe  was  not  only  the  object  of  his  ten- 
derest  affectiona,  but  most  serious  attention ;  the  regard  of  Lady 
Aramlnta  flattered  her  pride,  as  it  implied  a  tacit  approbation  of  ber 
brother's  choice. 

The  next  morning  immediately  after  breakfaat,  Lady  Greystook 
went  out  to  her  lawyer,  and  Amanda  was  ntting  at  work  in  the 
dressing  room,  when  Sir  Oharles  fiingley  waa  announced.  He  now 
expressed,  if  po9sil)le,  more  plejisure,  at  seeing  her,  Uian  he  had  done 
ihe  preceding  night;  congratulated  himself  at  finding  her  alone,  and 
repeatedly  declared,  from  their  first  interview  her  image  had  n 


C  "So,  till  her  Iftiljiship  was  read;,"  cried  Sir  Cliarlea,  with  qiiioknesil, 
■f^.that  no  time  might  be  lost,  jon  came  to  Miss  Fitzulan  ?" 
9   Ix>ii]  Uortimer  made  no  rcplv ;   he  fronoed,  aad  rising  directlj, 
■■tightly  sainted  AmBnila  and  retired. 

K  Convinoed,  as  she  was,  that  Lord  Uortimer  had  made  the  visit  for 
•^  purpose  of  speaking  mure  explicit!;  than  lie  had  jet  doue,  she 
floold  not  entirely  conceal  her  chagrin,  or  regard  Sir  Charles  without 
if^me  displeasure.  It  had  not,  howcx'er,  the  effect  of  innking  him 
.  rioit ;  he  continued  with  her  till  Lady  Greystook's  return, 
fit  whom  he  proposed  a  party  that  evening  for  the  opera,  and 
^toioed  pennissioD  to  wait  apon  her  ladyship  at  tea,  with  tickets, 
iJ^tvrithstanding  Amanda  declared  her  dlsincli nation  to  going:  abo 
irbhed  to  avoid  the  pnblicas  well  aaprivateattentiouB  of  Sir  Charles: 
|)iit  both  she  found  it  impossible  to  do.  The  impresgion  which  the 
of  her  mind  and  form  had  made  on  him,  was  of  too  ardent, 
pennsnent  a  nature  to  bo  craved  by  her  coldness :  generons  and 
his  notions,  affluent  and  independent  in  his  fortune,  he 
ilher  required  any  addition  of  wealth,  nor  was  nnder  any  control, 
lUrhicb  could  prevent  bis  following  his  inclinations:  his  heart  was 
^eot  on  an  anion  with  Amanda;  though  Imrl  by  her  indifference,  he 
would  not  allow  himaelf  to  bo  discom-aged  by  it ;  time  and  perseve- 
rance, be  trusted  and  believed,  would  conquer  it,  Unaccustomed  to 
disappointment,  be  could  not,  in  an  affair  which  so  materially 
ooncemed  hia  happiness,  bear  the  idea  of  proving  ansucceasfiil.  Had 
Amanda's  heart  been  disengaged,  he  would  probably  have  sncoeeded 
ts  he  wished ;  fbr  he  was  calculated  to  j'lease,  to  inspire  admiration 
jAd  esteem ;  and  Amanda  felt  a  real  friendship  for  him,  and  !>incerely 
ived  that  his  ardent  regnrd  could  not  be  reduced  to  oa  temperate 
medium  as  hers. 

Lady  Greystock  hod  a  numerous  and  brilliant  acquamtance  in 
idon,  amongst  whom  she  was  continually  engaged.  Sir  Charlus 
well  known  to  them,  and  therefore  almost  continually  attonde'l 
LndA  wherever  she  went.  His  unremitted  and  particular  nltentinu 
«d  nniveraal  observation,  and  he  was  publicly  declared  the 
ifcssed  admirer  of  Lady  Oreyatock's  beautiful  companion.  The 
lellation  was  generally  bestowed  on  her  by  the  genOemav;  as 
ly  of  I.acly  GreystDck's  female  inmates  declared,  from  the  appear- 
of  thp  giri,  as  wpII  ti*  Jier  distressed  sitnnlion.  Ilioy  wi  ndpr".!  Sii 


ClisriM  Binglej  uonld  ever  tLlnk  abont  her;  for  her  la(l_\'sMp  hiS 
represented  lier  as  a  perann  in  tlie  most  indigent  circumstanoes,  on 
■wliicli  account  she  bnd  taken  her  under  her  protection.  All  Ih«* 
envy,  hatrtd,  and  m^ce  cniiM  Bng^;«8t  against  her,  Miss  Malcolia 
Boid.  The  niarchioneaa  and  Lisdj-  En[i!ira«in,  judging  of  her  b-  them- 
Belvea,  anpposed,  Iluit,  as  she  waa  iwit  sore  of  Lord  Mortimer,  sh« 
wonld  accept  of  Sir  Cliarles  j  and  though  this  raeasare  would  remoTS 
alt  apprehensions  relative  to  Lord  Mortimer,  jet  tlje  idea  of  th« 
wealth  aud  oonsequence  she  would  derive  from  it,  almost  distracted 
them;  thus  does  envy  ating  the  bosoms  which  harbonr  it. 

Lord  Mortimer  ngiiin  resumed  his  reserve :  he  was  freiineotly  In 
company  witli  Amanda,  but  never  even  attempted  to  pay  lier  any 
att«ition;  yet  hU  pyes,  which  she  so  oflen  caught  rivetted  on  her, 
though  (lie  moment  slie  perceived  them  they  were  withdrawn,  seemed 
to  say,  that  (he  alleratiun  in  liis  manner  was  not  produced  hj^iiny 
diminution  of  tenderness  :  he  was  indeed  determined  to  regnlste  hii 
conduct  by  hers  to  fiir  Oharles:  though  pained  and  irritated  by  Mb 
assiduities,  he  had  too  moch  pride  lo  declare  a  jirior  claim  to  her 
regard ;  a  woman  who  eoidd  waver  between  two  object*,  he  deemed 


strauger  nu  aboDt  ilie  iiiiddlo  p«rIuJ  of  Ule;  his  ilrcss  uiinoaDoed 
Lim  a  military  man,  aiid  hid  llireod-bero  oouC  secmud  tu  dwlure,  tliaC 
whatever  Jaictls  be  Lad  gathered,  Uiej  were  barren  onea.  Ilia  form 
aiid  luce  were  intereatiog:  infirmity  ajipeared  to  preus  upon  one,  nod 
sorruw  hod  deep')'  marked  the  other,  yet  without  ilcapoitiug  It  of  a 
certain  expree^iun  whidi  indicated  the  liihLrity  nature  liod  once 
stomped  Dpun  it;  '  ii  lemplea  were  sunk,  aud  lii^  ciieck  fmloil  to  & 
aickl;  hue-  Aiiiandi  felt  immediate  reajiect  aud  sensibility  fur  the 
interesting  fignro  bufai  her ;  the  feelings  of  her  soul,  the  early  lesaona 
of  her  youth,  luiil  tauglit  her  to  reverence  distress ;  and  never  perbapa, 
did  Jic  think  it  so  peculiarly  aftacting,  as  wheu  in  a  mihtary  garb. 

The  duy  was  imcmnmoul/  severe,  and  Ihe  stranger  shivered  with 
the  cold. 

"1  derluro,  yoiiri^  lady,"  cried  he,  as  he  took  the  clioir  which 
Amanda  uad  placed  fur  him  by  the  fire,  "  I  Ibink  I  shotild  not  trem- 
b!e  more  tiefore  an  enemy,  than  I  do  before  this  <Uy:  I  don't  know 
but  what  it  is  as  easentinl  fur  a  subaltern  officer  to  stand  cold  oa  Bre." 

Aifimda  amiled,  and  rej^inned  her  work;  she  was  busily  employed 
imiking  a  trimming  ofuriilioinl  llowera  for  Lady  Greystock  to  present 
to  a  young  laily,  from  whose  family  she  bad  received  some  oblignliona, 
'nUs  was  a  clieap  mode  of  Kturuing  them,  as  Amanda's  materials 

"  Your  employment  is  on  entertaining  one,"  said  the  stranger,  "and 
jour  rosos  Ltei'ally  without  iborns:  such  no  donbt  as  you  oipeot  to 
gather  in  y&ur  path  throng'  liie." 

"  No,"  replied  Aiitoiidii,  "  I  have  no  Bticli  espectation," 
P.  J, "  And  yet,"  wtid  he,  "how  few  ut  your  time  of  life,  particularly  if 
^Bjinesaed  of  your  advantoees,  could  moke  such  a  declaration." 
^V  -**  Whoever  Lad  rcflectioit  undoubtedly  wonld,"  replied  Amanda. 
"That  I  dlow,"  cried  he,  "bi-t  how  few  do  we  tin  J  with  reflection  1 
— from  the  young  it  is  haiiished  as  the  rigid  tyrant  that  wonld  forbid 
the  enjoyment  of  the  pleasure  they  pant  after:  and  from  the  old  it  is 
tnc  often  expelled  h9  on  enemy  to  that  forgotfulnesa  which  can  alone 
cnsaro  their  trflriuiHity." 

"  Bnt  in  botli,  I  trust,"  said  Amanda,  "  yon  will  allow  there  are 
esoepti( 


^p' 


"  Perhaps  there  are ;  yet  often  when  conswence  has  not  reaa 
rUty  liHS  cause  to  fear  reflection:  wliidi  not  only  n 


tbe  TMolIeution  of  happf  hourB,  but  inspiret  such  a  tegttl  tw 
InsE,  h»  almost  uofita  the  Boul  for  <idj  exertions ;  't  is  iadeed  bcftull- 

full;  describoil  in  tliese  linefl : 


Liid  thoagtit  irhat  lin  eaii 
himself,  ta  his  cmintnnane* 
e  TcviYRd,  hiivevcr,  in  a  htrl 


And  tuniiig  iLJ  thfl  pusC  w 

Amauiln   atw-ntivply   waltbed   him, 
-ili|)uiirvd  lo  lie  particularly  applkalilo  b 
raduincd  a  mure  dejected  expressinn.    1 

"  I  hove,  m;  dear  jouog  ladj,"  continued  he,  Bmiliog,  "  bpgnil*^ 
yiiu  most  Bubcrly,  aR  Lady  Graoe  anja.  into  ciinTetsaiion :  1  barsf 
however,  given  you  an  opportunity  of  amusing  ytiuc  fancy  by  draw- 
ing n  oompariaon  between  an  old  veteran  and  a  joong  soldier;  ttok 
though  you  mny  nlloir  him  more  animation,  I  trust  you  will  no: 
tno  w)  niiich  injustice  as  to  allow  iiim  more  tawie;  while  he  inerplj 
extolled  the  lustre  of  your  nyea,  I  ghoulil  admire  tlie  mildness  wliinh 
tcnipcreil  that  luatre  ;  while  he  praised  the  glow  »f  your  eheek,   I 

luld  adore  that  BenBJbilitv  which  bad  v 


f  fai«  Inrgc  family;  >ui<I  from  bis  nppmraiiee,  she  conjectured  tlipj 
lasl  be  ID  distress.  There  ivbs  a  kiod  of  huniurous  Fadnci^s  Jn  liix 
BUiDtier,  which  affected  her  even  more  tlian  a  settled  nielanuhdly  per- 
haps would  hare  done,  as  it  implied  the  efforts  of  n,  noble  heart  to 
fepet  dorrow ;  and  if  there  cannot  be  a  more  noble,  neither  nurcl;  nan 
e  be  a  more  affecting  flight,  than  that  of  a  good  and  bravo  man 
■tntgglitig  with  adverBity. 

8  ehe  leaned  peneively  against  the  window,  refiectiog  on  the 
Tftrioui  inequalities  of  fortune,  yet  still  bclieTing  the;  were  desiftned 
'  lij  a  wise  Providence,  like  hill  and  Tallpy,  tnutually  to  benefit  each 
other,  ehc  saw  Rushbrook  eroaa  the  street:  his  walk  was  the  slow 
knd  lingering  walk  of  dejection  aud  diaappointment :  he  raised  his 
hand  to  his  eyea,  Amanda  euppoaed  lo  wipe  away  his  tears,  and  her 
'tfiTD  fell  at  the  supposition. — The  severity  of  the  day  had  increaaed  ; 
B  heavy  shower  of  scow  was  falling,  against  which  poor  Euelibrook 
oo  Bhelter  but  his  threadbare  coat.  Amanda  waa  unutterably 
■■ffected ;  and  when  he  disappeared  from  her  sight,  she  fell  into  a  sea- 
fimental  euliloquy,  something  in  the  stvlo  of  Yoriek. 

'*  Was  I  mistress,"  eiclaijncd  she,  as  she  beheld  the  splendid  c(tr- 
<>iag08  jiaEBing  anil  rcpojiiaing,  "wasi  mistresa  of  one  of  these  carriages, 
«ti  olO  suldier,  like  Ruslibrook,  shuuld  cot  be  exposed  to  the  Jnclem- 
'inoy  of  awintrj  eky;  neither  should  his  coat  be  threat! -bare,  nor  hia 
'%Mrt  0[ipre8Bed  with  angoisli ;  if  I  saw  a  tear  upon  his  cheek,  I 
would  say  it  had  no  business  there,  for  comfort  wa*  about  revisiting 
tain."  As  she  spoke,  the  idea  of  Lord  Uorllmer  uconrred ;  her  twia 
'  Were  sns])en<Ic<l,  aud  lier  check  liegan  to  glow. 

"  Tea,  poor  Rnshbrook,"  she  esclaJmed,  "  perhaps  the  period  is  not 
r  distant,  when  a  bonnteous  Providence,  through  the  bands  of 
''Amanda,  may  relieve  thy  wants ;  when  Mortimer  himself  may  be 
her  assistant  in  the  office  of  benevolence." 
Lady  Grejstock's  woinnn  now  appeared,  to  desire  she  would  come 
'  'down  to  her  lady.  She  immediately  obeyed  the  summons,  with  a 
•ecret  hope  of  hearuig  something  of  the  Donference.  Her  ladyship 
teceived  her  witli  on  exulting  laugh. 

•'  I  have  good  news  to  tell  you,  my  dear,"  eiclaimed  she:  "  that 
or  wretch,  Rusbbrook,  has  lost  the  friend  who  was  to  have  sup- 
ported him  in  the  lawsuit ;  and  the  lawyers,  finding  the  sheet  uni'hor 
ipne,  hare  steered  off.  and  Inft  him  to  shift  for  himself;  the  miaera- 


and  bis  family  must  cortdoly  etarre;  only  tliink  i^b^a 
assnnince ;  he  came  to  saj-,  indeed  he  would  now  bo  wljified  with  A 

"  Well,  madam,"  said  Aiaaoda. 

"  Well,  raadam,"  repented  her  ladyship,  mimicking  her  Ciiinaar,  "  I 
Uild  liim  I  must  be  a  fool  indeed,  if  I  ever  coimeuted  to  »iicli  a  tiling, 
urter  his  Bffronterj  in  attempting  to  litigate  the  will  of  Lis  mnch 
abused  nocio,  mj  dear  good  Sir  Geoffry.  No,  no,  1  bid  Itlin  proceed 
in  the  suit,  and  all  my  lawyers  were  prepared ;  aud  alter  so  much 
trouble  on  both  sides,  it  would  be  a  pity  liie  thinn  iMius  to  nothing." 

"As  your  ladyship,  however,  knows  his  extrbiueJisne^  no  doubt 
you  will  relieve  It.'' 

"  Why,  pray,"  said  her  ladyship,  smartly,  "  do  yOB  think  lio  lias 
any  claim  upon  me!" 

"  Yes,"  replied  Amanda,  "if  not  upon  your  justice,  at  least  utxm 
your  humanity." 

"  So  you  would  advise  me  to  fiing  away  my  money  upon  Liin  J" 

"Tea,"  replied  Amanda,  smiling,  "I  would;  and  as  yimr  Udyshlp 
likes  the  expression,  have  yon  fling  it  away  profusely." 


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Amanda  mule  no  replj ;  yet  as  »ho  beheld  her  ladyship  seated  in 
an  easy  chair,  by  n  blazing  fire,  with  a  liirjre  howl  of  ricli  soup  before 
her,  whiyh  she  took  every  morning,  she  cimld  not  forbear  secretly 
exclaiming, — nord  hearted  noman,  eiigroased  by  your  own  gratili- 
eatiouB,  no  ray  of  compassion  can  aoften  your  nature  for  the  misfor- 
tnnes  of  others;  sheltered  yourself  from  the  tempest,  yoa  see  it  falling 
trithoat  pity,  on  the  head  of  wretchedness ;  and  while  yon  foaat  on 
laiarics,  thiut  without  emotion,  on  those  who  want  e 


•  In  'he  eveuiiJB  tl)ey  went  to  a  lai^e  party  of  tlie  marchioness's; 
Init  tlii-'.igh  the  srcQe  was  guy  and  brilliant,  it  could  not  remove  the 
pontiTcmaa  of  Amaoda'a  spirita;  the  emacial«d  fomi  of  Rushbrook, 
fCturaing  to  his  deMtlate  family,  dwelt  upon  her  roiod.  A  little,  she 
tlionght,  OS  she  surveyed  tlie  magnificence  of  tlie  apartmenta  and  tbo 
fqileudour  of  the  company  which  crowded  tliem  :  a  little  from  thii 
parade  of  vanity  and  wealth,  would  give  relief  to  many  a  child  of 
IndlgMice;  never  had  llio  tnitU  of  the  following  lines  so  forcibly 
^Iruok  her  iraagir.ntion ; 


U,  lltik  mfnk  Che  mj,  UccnUm 

ill.  IIHU  Uilnk  thej,  >rtilli  thty 
How  mtrj  ILd,  llili  rery  nooiei 
And  lU  Oir.  uA  rarlFlf  of  piln : 


i  Id  fflddjr  mirth. 


Of  t» 
OfmlMir;  I 


From  moll  reflections  aa  these,  she  was  disturbed  by  ihe  entrance 
tf  Sir  Oharles  Bingley  ;  an  as«al,  he  took  his  station  by  her,  and  in 
i  tbv  minutoa  after  him  Liinl  Mortimer  appeared.  A  party  for 
^ngtno  war  formed,  in  which  Amanda  joined,  from  a  wiali  of  avoid- 
fbg  thi.  absardiliea  of  8ir  Charles;  but  he  ttxik  care  t<)  aecore  a  seal 
Wit  her,  and  l^r-l  Mii'r.mer  sat  opposite  to  them. 

"  Uingley,''  said  a  genilemin,  after  they  hud  been  sometime  at  tht 
mle,  "yori  are  certainly  the  most  changi'nble  fellow  in  the  world. 
Abont  threo  wectt  ap>  yon  were  hnrryinjt  everv  thing  fnr  a  jinmoy 


0BILDKKK     0>      FBI     AftMX* 


to  Irdtud,  H  ir  lift  and  daath  depended  on  7 
here  1  still  Sail  f  on  loitering  aboat  the  town." 

''I  den;  the  iDipntadon  of  changeabkneM,"  rapUed  ti 
"  all  my  actions  are  regnlated,"  and  be  gjaneed  at  A-'fHa.  **  fay  OM 
aonroe,  one  ottjeot." 

Amanda  bloabed,  and  oanght,  at  that  rnonuB^  •  poaatntini  laolt 
from  Lord  Mortimer. 

Her  dtnation  iras  eitremelj  disagreeable :  du  dnadod  Ida  atta^ 
tioQs  would  be  imputed  to  encooragement  from  her:  clie  had  <Am 
tried  to  snppreas  them,  and  she  resolved  btt  next  tUbrt*  ebunld  bt 
more  reeolate.  <^ 

Sir  Gharlea  reached  Fall  Mall  Hie  next  noming,  Jnut  aa  Ub 
Grejetook  wea  Btepping  into  her  clisriot,  to  aeqnaint  har  lawyer  cj 
Rnehbrook's  visit.  She  informed  liim  that  IDm  Fltnlan  waa  in  Hbft 
drswing  room,  and  he  flew  up  to  tier. 

"Ton  End,"  said  he,  "by  what,  yon  heard  last  night,  that  mj 
conduct  has  excitedsome  surprise;  I  assure  yua  my  fiienda  think  Z 
must  absolutely  be  deranged,  to  relinquish  so  aoddenlj  a  Jounqf  I 
appeared  so  aniions  to  take :  suffer  me,"  continued  iw,  taking  her 


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"I  will  Dot,  Miss  FitziiLui,"  suiJ  he,  r&taming  hit  seat  agu'n, 
**  believe  you  InSextblt);  I  will  Dot  bulieve  that  yna  uio  tUi'ik  I  ahaii 
ao  eosi If  resign  an  idea,  which  1  have  so  long  ciieriahed  nitii  rapture," 
'  "  Snrely,  Sir  Oharfes,"  aaid  Amanda,  somewhat  alarmed,  "  j'oa 
eannot  accuse  me  of  having  eDcoaragcd  the  ideut" 

"Oh,  DO,"  sighed  he  pan^iooatelv,  "  to  me  vou  were  alirajs  iiu< 
Ibrmly  cold." 

"And  from  whence  tlien  proceeded  auch  an  idea?'' 

"From  the  natural  propensity  we  all  have  to  deceive  our.:elve«, 
And  to  believe  that  whatever  we  wish  wiU  he  occompliahed.  Ah  1 
Um  Fitzalan,  deprive  me  not  of  so  sweet  a  belief;  I  will  not  at 
^Keent  urge  you  to  any  material  step  to  which  you  are  averu;  I 
will  only  entreat  for  perrai;>sioa  to  hope  that  time,  peraeveranoo, 
■oremitted  attention,  may  muke  some  impresGion  on  you,  fiid  at  >adt 
produce  a  change  in  my  favour." 

"  Never,  Sir  Charles,  will  I  give  rise  to  a  hope  which  I  thiuk 
Cannot  be  realized :  a  little  reHectioD  will  convince  yon,  you  should 
liot  be  displeased,  at  my  being  so  explicit.  We  are,  at  tliis  moment^ 
both,  perhaps,  too  much  diBcompoaed  to  render  a  longer  conference 
desirable;  pardon  me,  therefore,  if  I  now  terminate  it,  and  be  assured, 
xsball  never  lose  a  grateful  remembrance  of  the  honour  you  intended 
ne,  or  forget  the  friendship  I  professed  for  Sir  Charles  Bindley." 

She  then  withdrew,  without  any  obslrnctioii  from  hita :  regret  awl 
Wsappointmcnt  seemed  to  have  BD!<])ended  his  faculties ;  but  it  was  a 
momentary  suspension,  and  on  recovering  thetu,  he  <]tiitled  the  house. 

Bis  pride,  at  first,  nrged  bim  to  give  op  Amanda  forever;  bat  his 
'■enderuees  soon  repressed  his  rawluUon.  lie  had,  as  he  himself 
^knowledged,  a  propensity  to  believe,  that  whatever  Us  wished  WM 
accomplish :  this  propensity  proceeded  from  the  cosmess  with 
which  his  iudlDations  liad  hitherto  been  gratitiod ;  Battering  himself 
^at  the  coldness  of  Amanda  proceeded  more  fii>m  natuml  reserve 
vBuui  particular  indilFureuce  to  him,  he  still  hoped  she  might  bu 

Inoed  to  favour  him.  She  was  so  superior,  in  his  opinion,  to  every 
woman  he  bad  seen ;  to  truly  calculated  to  render  him  happy,  that 
violence  of  offended  pride  abated,  he  rcsulved,  without  another 
vBurt,  not  to  give  her  up.  Without  knowing  it,  ho  had  rambled  to 
James's  square,  and  having  heard  of  the  friendship  snbeisting 

wnen  Lord  Clierbury  and  Fitialan,  he  deemed  his  iorJcliip  a  prcje* 


perstpD  10  apply  to  on  ihe  present  ocpwion ;  tliinkiof^  that  if  ht 
inte'.-eatcJ  biinaeir  in  his  favour,  be  miglit  3-et  be  sncceAsful.  fit 
oc«ordiTii;ly  repured  lo  hia  house,  and  was  shown  into  aa  aportnteot 
wlicre  tlie  earl  and  Lord  Mortimer  were  sifting  together.  After 
paying  the  usual  com  pit  meats,  "I  am  come,  m;^  lord,"  said  he, 
Boniewhat  abruptly,  "to  entreat  your  interests  id  an  affair  which 
materially  concerns  my  happiness,  and  trust  your  lordship  will  exciM« 
my  entreaty,  whan  I  inform  yon  it  relates  to  Uiss  FitialaD." 

Th«  earl,  with  mAich  politeness,  assured  him,  "he  should  fed 
hapof  in  an  opportunity  of  serving  him,"  and  ssiil  "be  did  him  1>nt 
Jiutice  in  supposing  him  particularly  iotcrested  about  Miss  Hualan, 
Dol  only  as  the  danghter  of  his  old  friend,  but  from  bor  own  great 

Sir  Charles  then  act]uainted  him  with  the  proposals  ha  had  Jost 
made  her,  and  her  absolute  r^e<:^on  of  tiiem ;  exprettsing  liia  hop* 
tliat  Lord  Cherbnry  would  try  to  influence  her  in  his  favour. 

"Tis  very  eilraordinary  indeed,"  cried  his  lordship,  "that  SGss 
Fi^iudin  should  decline  such  an  honorable,  such  an  adrantageaas 
projiosal ;  are  yon  sure,  Sir  Charles,  there  is  no  prior  attaohment  In 


CHAPTEr:  xsvir. 


ftilx  as  emotian  of  snrpriHi  ftt  so  tmexpecteil  a  visit,  the  buoV  ib« 

«fl  rcadicg  drtijijied  frutii  Auiaiuln,  and  sbo  nruse  ia  visible  agitalioD. 

"  I  few,"  sfud  Ills  lorA'iliip,  "  I  iiave  intrnded  eomewliat  abraplly 

foa  yon:  but  my  ftpologj  for  Juing  so,  must  be  ray  ardent  wiah  of 

ing  an  oppurtmiity  bu  propitious  for  a  motual  eclalrclssemeot ; 

I  opportnnUy  I  might,  perhnpg,  vainly  Boel:  again." 

He  took  ber  treubURg  liand,  and  leading  ber  to  a  sofa,  placed  him- 

ilf  by  li«r.    As  a  means  of  leading;  her  to  the  desired  cclaircisseinent, 

^  dedareil  Uie  agonies  be  bad  siiflered  at  retnrniag  to  Tudor  HoU, 

wad  lir.diDg  ber  gone — gone  iu  a  manner  bo  ioeiplicable,  that  the 

he  r^eoted  on  it,  tlio  more  wretcbed  he  grew.    He  described 

lie  hopes  and  feard  which  alternately  llnotnated  in  his  mind  daring 

corlinnance  in  Ireland,  and  which  oflen  drove  him  into  a  elate 

rly  bordering  on  distraction :  he  mentioned  the  resolution  (though 

flpinfal  in  the  extreme)  whioh  he  had  adopted  on  the  lii-st  appearanoa 

'4f  Sir  Chorlta  liingtey's   paiiiciilarity ;   and  finally  concluded,  by 

iparlng  her,  notwithstanding  all  his  inoerlJtnde  and  anxiety,  h\» 

i^eraeas  bad  never  known  dimi nation. 

Enconragkd  by  this  asflnrance,  Amanda,  with  roslored  composnre, 

Mbrmod  him  of  the  reason  of  ber  precipitate  journey  from  Wales, 

the  incidents  which  prevented  ber  meeting  him  in  Inilond,  as  he 

b*d  expected;  thongli  delicacy  forbade  her  dwelling,  like  Lord  Hot- 

i  the  wretchedness  occasioned  by  their  Bc^anvtion,  and 

MaCtuil  miaspprcbanBiona  of  each  other,  ahe  conld  not  avoid  touching 

i\  REifEciently,  iud(>ed,  to  conriitce  bim  sbo  had  been  a  sympa- 

at>fc  pa<-ticipatur  in  all  tlie  nnensineas  he  had  auffered. 

Beetoied  to  tho  confideno  nf  Mortimer.  Amanda  appear-id  dearer 

1  a\l  Mul  tl,*n  ever;  iilcamre  h*nmor'  frr>in  his  eye*  as  he  pr<>s««i', 


»C0  cuiLDnisorTiiEAUne*.  I 

ber  to  Ilia  l>osoni,  and  eicliiinicd,  "I  may  nigtua  call  yuu  my  ow 
Amanda;  o^nin  tiketdi  Gcencti  of  felicity,  unJ  call  upon  you  bt 
realize  tliem."  Tct  in  Ibe  inid^t  of  IIjii  tracsport,  a  guJden  gloom 
cloutletl  his  coaDtenanc«;  mid  after  goziog  un  Iier  ^oroe  minates  wilt- 
pensive  tenderness,  lir:  fervently  exclaimed,  "  wo  Id  t"  lieaven,  in  thia 
Iionr  of  perfect  rooondliotion,  I  could  say,  1'  xt  (Jl  obstacles  to  oar 
fbliire  linpijicea?  were  removed." 

Ainniida  involnntarily  ilmdilered,  nnil  ocutinQtil  Mlent. 

"Tliat  my  fatlier  will  throw  JifficnlUwi  io  the  way  of  our  anion,  1 
cannot  deny  tlie  apprehension  of,"  aaiil  Lord  Mortimer;  "though 
ITi])y  noble  and  gen^niag  in  his  nnturo,  ho  U  xnnetiiii'n,  like  the  rot 
of  mankind,  indaenced  by  interested  iiu>tire3'.  li«  has  Log,  from  wft 
motives,  set  his  heart  on  a  connosion  wiHi  the  Manjuis  of  Rosline'a 
family;  thongh  ftilly  determined  in  my  intentions,  I  have  liittietlo 
furborne  an  explicit  declaration  cf  them  tu  liiui,  ti'ii^ting  that  sops 
propitious  chance  would  yet  second  my  wlalies,  and  sa^e  me  t*.* 
poinfbl  necessity  of  dii^tarbing  the  harmony  which  lia£  ever  snbflistod 


Wdght  properly  be  termed  the  cnp  of  false,  inftead  of  res!  p'coniire. 
TTiinkinp,  therefiire,  as  I  do,  that  att  aciim,  willioat  love,  is  abhorrent 
to  probity  and  sensibility,  and  that  the  dissipated  pleasures  of  life  ore 
Dot  only  prejadicial,  bnt  tiresome,  I  naturally  wished  to  Koure  to 
%Byself  domestic  happiness,  bat  never  coiilJ  it  be  exiicrii.n;eil  except 
;]Diiited  tu  a  woman  whom  my  reason  thorooglily  apiituvod,  who 
iliQuld  at  once  possess  my  cnboandod  confldeuco  and  tondereet  affeo- 
MoD,  who  should  be,  not  only  the  promoter  of  my  Ji'ys,  hat  tlie  oa- 
teager  of  my  cares ;  in  yon  I  have  fonnd  such  a  wiinian,  sncli  a  heing, 
TfB  I  caDdidly  confess  «ome  time  ago  I  thought  il  impossible  to  me«i 
Vth ;  to  yon  I  am  honnd  by  a  sentiment  even  strong;er  than  love,  bj 
pononr;  and  with  real  gratitude  acknowladge  Tny  obligations,  in 
peing  permitted  to  atone  in  some  degree,  x  >i  my  errors  relative  tc 
Von.  But  I  will  not  allow  my  Amanda  t  ■  suppose  tliese  errors  pri>- 
Meded  from  any  settled  depravity  of  soul ;  allowei!  to  be,  as  I  have 
^cfore  said,  my  own  master,  at  an  early  [leriod,  from  the  natorol 
SwnghtlesBD'iss  of  youth,  I  wns  led  into  scenes,  which  the  jmlgincnt 
jDf  riper  year*  has  since  severely  condom  ed;  liorp,  lao,  often  I  met 
pith  women,  whose  manners,  instead  of  clicoking,  ,jave  a  latitade  to 

RMcIom:  women,  too,  who  from  their  situations  ir  life,  had  every 
[vantage  tJiat  couUl  be  requiaite  for  improvtug  tai]  refining  thuir 
inds;  from  conversing  with  them,  I  grad 'ally  imbibed  a  prqudioe 
jgainit  the  whole  sex,  and  ander  that  prejutlii  ■•  &ni  beheld  you,  and 
S)«red  either  to  doubt  or  to  believe  tlie  rea.ity  of  the  innocence  yon 
upcored  to  possess. 

"Convinced,  at  length,  most  fully,  most  h«ipily  conrincetl  of  iia 

llJity,  my  prqndices  no  longer  reiiiaii'edi  th«y  vnr.ihlied  like  mists 

^fore  the  sun,  or  rather  hke  the  ihuMons  of  falHchouil  hd'ore  tho 

«  of  troth.     Were  those,  my  dear  Aioa  ids,  of  yonr  bux,  who, 

e  yon,  had  the  resistless  power  of  pleasing,  to  use  tlio  faculties 

isigned  them  by  a  huunteoua  Provlcienca  in  the  cause  of  vii'tue,  tliey 

woold  soon  check  the  diasipation  of  the  times. 

""ns  impoasihle  to  e)q)ress  the  power  »' eaotiftil  fiinn  has  over  a 
ihind;  Uiat  power  might  be  eierteil  f.ir  'obler  prrpoces;  purity 
miking  bum  love-inspiring  li]>»,  would,  iihe  O.e  rtice  of  Adam's 
Mavenly  guest,  so  sweetly  breatlie  upon  the  ear,  as  insensibly  tn 
I^SDencc  the  heart;  the  Lbertine  it  eorrectwl,  wonl.',  if  not  utl*rly 
Mrdcned,  reform;  no  longer  should  h«  giory  i'l  hh  vices,  hat 
tonclied  nnd  nhiuhed,  in«lend  of  dwt roving,  wi»r*iMV  Ttnu^s!  iXtVat, 


"  But  I  wander  from  the  purpose  uf  my  hodI;  oonviiiced  aa  I  un 
of  the  diseimilaritj  between  my  father's  incHaatiODS  and  mine,  I 
thiolt  it  better  to  give  nu  intimatiuu  of  m;  prenent  intentions,  Hhiah 
if  permittoil  by  yuu,  I  am  un&itorably  dstermined  on  fulfilling,  sa  I 
shuuld  consider  it  as  bighljr  insulting  to  him,  to  incur  his  prohibition 
and  then  act  in  defiance  of  it,  though  my  heart  would  glory  in  dtow- 
ing  its  choice.  The  peculiar  circumstances  I  have  just  mendoned, 
will,  I  trust,  induce  my  Amanda  to  excuse  a  temporary  coDoealmant 
of  it,  till  beyond  the  power  of  mortals  to  ecparate  ua ;  a  private  and 
immediate  union,  the  exigence  of  siruation  and  the  seouritj  of  fe- 
licity demands ;  I  ahaU  feel  a  tremtiling  apprehension  till  I  call  you 
mine ;  life  is  too  abort  to  permit  the  waste  of  time  in  idle  scruples 
and  uumenning  ceremonies ;  the  eye  of  suspicion  has  lon|;  rested  ob 
us,  and  would,  I  am  convinced,  effect  a  premature  discovery,  if  we 
took  not  Mome  measure  to  prevent  it. 

"Deem  me  not  too  precipitate,  my  Amanda,"  passing  his  ann 
gently  round  her  waist,  "  if  I  ask  you.  to-morixiw  night,  for  the  last 
sweet  prvKif  of  confidence  you  can  give  me,  by  putting  yourself  under 
my  protection  ;  a  journey  to  Scotlac 
t  r  shall  make  for  it,  all  that  is  dut 


26.1 


Lord  Mnrtimar  hiutil^-  demiiudnl  iu  source,  and  the  reoson  of  iLo 
vvidfl  which  hadjuBt  escaped  her. 

■'  Because,  my  lord,"  replied  ahc,  "  1  cannot  consent  to  n  clondsBtine 
pKaaure,  dot  bear  joq  sLould  incur  the  disploiiBureof  LordCherbury 
Ml  my  account. — Though  Lady  Euphmsia  Sutherland  ig  not  agreen- 
Ue,  Lhere  are  many  women  who,  with  eijunl  rank  and  foKune, 
|iiMi!Rfi«  the  perfection  suited  to  your  taste ;  seek  for  one  of  ihene ; 
ehiHiee  from  among  them  a  happy  daughter  of  pninpcrity,  and  let 
F^Awandn.  untitled,  uoportloned.  and  unpleosing  to  your  father,  return 
to  an  obsuurity,  which  owes  its  comforts  to  his  fiislering;  bounty." 
.fi.DoBS  this  advice,"  asked  Lord  Mortimer,  "proceed  from  Amandn'i 
tearti"  "No,"  replied  she,  hesitatingly  and  smiling  through  her 
Itan,  "  not  from  her  heart,  but  from  a  better  counseilor,  her  reown." 

"And  «hatl  I  not  obey  ihe  diclatea  of  renson."  replied  he,  "  in 
uniting  my  destiny  to  yours ;  reason  directs  us  to  seek  happincsa 
ibningh  virtuous  means :  and  what  means  are  so  adapted  for  that 
■Mrposc,  BM  an  union  with  a  beloved  and  nmiablc  w 
4k,  no  titled  daughter  of  prosj>erity,  to  use  your 
r  attruct  my  affections  fmni  you. — "  Imaglna 
•bape  besides  your  own  to  like  of,"  a  shape  which  even  if  despoiled 
^  its  grnces,  ■wonid  enshrine  a  mind  so  tnwscendontly  lovely,  as  to 
wcure  my  admiration.  In  chuoKing  you  ok  a  partner  of  my  future 
Mys,  I  do  not  infringe  the  moral  obligation  which  eiists  between 
Ihther  and  son :  for  as  on  one  band,  it  doeft  not  demand  implicit  obe- 
ice,  if  reason  and  happinem  must  be  sacrificed  by  it;  nothing 
diould  have  tempted  me  to  propose  a  private  union,  hut  the  hope  of 
MCaping  many  disagreeable  circnmslances  by  it:  if  yon  persist,  haw- 
^rer,  in  n^eoting  it,  I  shall  openly  avow  my  intentions,  for  a  longer 
asntinuance  of  anxiety  and  suspense  I  cannot  support." 

"Do  you  Ulink,  then,"  said  Amanda,  "I  would  enter  your  family 
Wnidit  confusion  and  altercation  f  No,  my  lord,  rashly  or  claudes- 
tinely  I  never  will  consent  to  enter  it," 

"Is  this  the  happiness  I  promised  myself  would  crown  our  reeon- 
dliationF"  exclaimed  Lortt  Mortimer,  riniog  hantily.  and  traversing 
tbc  apartment:  "is  an  obstinate  adherence  to  royal  punctilio,  the 
Qily  proof  of  regard  I  shall  receive  from  Amanda  ?  Wilt  she  make  no 
tnflJng  sacrifice  lo  the  man  who  adores  her,  and  whom  she  professes 
Id  eateera  V 


nJ  No.  Aman- 
n  words,  nhall 


tM 


BR5     or     TH 


"Auj  Mcrit^re,  my  Ion],  compatible  ivith  virtne  and  filial  AvtJ 
luost  witliii^ly  iTonUI  I  inuke ;  but  bejund  these  limits,  1  tuiutt  nut, 
wnnnt,  will  not  step.  CoiJ,  jojlca,  nud  unwortliy  of  yoiir  acoeja. 
ance  would  be  tlie  liond  jou  wotild  receive,  if  given  sgniDftt  my  cori- 
viction  nf  n-liat  waa  I'igbt.  Oli,  never  tuny  tiie  hour  arrive,  fn 
wliicli  I  should  blash  tu  see  my  futher ;  in  wbicli  1  slionld  be  occuioi! 
of  injuring  the  lionour  intrusted  to  niy  cl'nrge,  and  feel  oiiprcsl  vrith 
t!ie  cunscionaness  of  baviug  planted  lliuiiis  iu  tlie  bmut  Ibat  depend- 
ed on  ine  for  liiippineosl" 

"Do  not  be  too  iufleiible,  my  Amanda,"  cned  T.nrd  Mortimer, 
resaming  his  sent,  '^Dor  sutTcr  too  great  a  degrcu  of  refitiemfot  to 
involve  you  ia  wrelchedoeas;  felicity  is  seldain  Bltnlowlwithont  wms 
pain;  a  little  resolution  on  your  side,  noajd  ovi-rtNiuie  any  difBcuTliea 
that  lay  betwceii  as  anil  it;  when  the  act  was  past,  my  father  would 
natiimlly  lose  his  resentment,  from  perceiving  its  inoj^oauy,  and 
family  concord  would  speedily  be  restored.  Aramiuta  adores  yon: 
will)  rapture  woulJ  she  receive  her  dear  and  lovely  Gi8t«r  to  her 
bosom  1  your  futlier,  happy  in  your  happiness,  wouid  he  convinced 
his  notions  licretofore  were  too  scrupulous,  and  that  in  complying 


"Are  tliesB  leaw,"  suid  lie,  "to  enforce  me  t"  tlie  imlj  c^xpivlient 
yfm  say  remains?  Ah,  mj  Amanda,"  olnapfng  lier.to  liia  brewt, 
"tlie  ta»!t  of  forgetting  youoould  nerer  be  occorapliahei],  onuld  never 
ba  attempted :  life  would  be  tasteless,  if  not  spent  w<tb  joa ;  never 
Trtll  I  relinquish  ilio  delightful  hope  of  an  onion  yet  taking  plane,  A 
•ndden  thoii^'ii,''  roeumed  he,  after  pausing  a  few  minutes,  "Las  Just 
aocnrred:  I  hovo  on  nnnl,  the  only  remaining  sister  of  Lord  Cher^ 
fcnry,  a  generons,  tender,  eialted  woman;  1  have  ever  been  her  par- 
ticular ravourile ;  my  Amanda,  I  know,  is  the  very  kind  of  being  she 
♦onld  select,  if  the  rlmice  devolved  on  her,  for  my  wife;  she  is  now 
fa  the  country;  1  will  wiite  immediately,  inform  her  of  oar  sitna- 
'tlon,  and  entreat  lier  to  come  np  to  town,  to  use  lier  influence  witb 
^ny  father  in  onr  favmir.  Iler  fortune  is  large  from  ttie  bequest  of  a 
lieh  relation ;  and,  fn-m  the  generosity  of  her  disposition,  I  have  no 
fcfcnbt  ebe  wxuUl  render  the  lose  of  Lady  Enplirasia's  fortune  very 
nmaterial  to  her  linther,  Tliis  ia  the  only  scheme  I  can  possibly 
'devise  for  the  completion  of  onr  happineas,  according  to  your  notions, 
nd  1  hope  it  meeta  your  approbation." 

'  It  appeared  indeed  a  feasible  one  to  Amanda ;  and  as  it  oonid  not 
"foreibly  "T^ite  any  ideAS  nnfavonrable  to  her  father's  integrity,  she 
pve  her  uiosent  to  its  being  tried. 

Her  heart  felt  relieved  of  an  oppressive  loail  as  the  hope  revived 
AiBt  it  might  be  accomplished.  Lonl  Mortimer  wiped  away  her 
I  ttofji,  and  the  cloud  which  hong  over  tliem  both  being  dispersed,  they 
stalked  with  pleasure  of  fiitnre  days. 
'  7x>rd  Mortimer  described  the  various  schemes  be  had  planned  for 
tteir  minle  of  life.  Amanda  smiled  at  tlie  easiness  with  which  he 
Antrivcd  them,  and  secretly  wished  he  might  find  it  m  easy  to  real- 
a  as  to  project. 

"Though  the  retired  path  of  life,"  said  he, "  might  be  more  agreen- 
B  to  us,  tliac  the  fVequented  and  public  one,  we  must  make  som« 
le  sacrifice  of  inclination  to  the  community  to  which  we  belong. 
n  elevated  station  and  affluent  fortime,  there  are  claims  fWim  snb- 
,'VrdinAte  ranks,  which  cannot  he  avoide<l  wilhont  itijiiring  them ; 
'Mither  should  1  wish  to  hide  the  benntiflit  gem  I  shall  possess  ic 
Aeonrityi  hot,  after  a  winter  nf  what  I  call  moderate  dissipatian, 
%e  shall  hasten  to  the  sequestered  shadee  of  Tudor  Hall."  He  dwelt 
ffith  pleasnre  on  llie  calm  and  rational  joys  they  should  ezpeHanca 


ttiere:  nor  oould  forbaar  hiatjng  itt  the  period  wbn  ■ 
■WW  t^pKhie^ would  be  awikeiwd  In  tbeir  snlt:  wImb  litdt  firt* 
tUng  htixfft  ihonld  frolio  baton  tbem,  Nid  liUnllj  akvm  namim 
tlMir  patbs.  H«  ezprvmed  his  with  of  bxriag  HI^iIu  ft  MoMafe 
rMtdant  with  them:  sod  was  prooeeding  to  nxatioti  «aiiM  dtaMtntr 
h«  intended  at  Todor  Hall,  wheo  Iha  ntom  of  laUj  C.i7>todi%  «■*<«•-. 
riage  efibotnall;  diatnrbed  him.  -   <  • 

Lord  UortiiDer,  however,  had  time  to  aHon  Aiaaiid%  tn  A* 
entered  the  room,  that  he  had  no  doubt  bat  evrrjr  Uilag  T«dd  mow 
be  settled  aooording  to  th^  wudiee,  and  that  h«  wuald  tak*  wntfi 
opportonitj  her  ladyship's  ahauiee  gare  him  <rf  vtritiug  b*r.  .  \:- 

"So,  BO,"  said  Lady  Oreysto^  oomiog  into  th«  ntiiD,  "flna  kwr 
bocu  Miee  Fitxalan's  levee  day;  whj,  I  declare,  my  ibar,  now  that  L  - 
know  of  the  agreeable  tM«-&-tMee  yoD  can  aitJiiy,  I  thaU  fed  ■» 
uneasiness  at  leaving  yon  to  yonrsel£" 

Amanda  bloshed  deeply,  aod  Lord  Moraraer  thoa^  1r  fltb  t^wmk 
he  ]wro«Tei1  &  degree  of  irony,  wliich  teemed  to  My  all  wm  mrtrigU 
in  the  speaker's  heart  towards  Amanda ;  asd  on  tUe  Maamtt  ha  Ml' 
man  anxions  tiian  erer  to  tiave  her  nnder  his  owii  protactton^  aai* 


f: 


CHiLDRiN    or    TUB    ADsar.  227 

fetttantly  rMoIleetcd  to  he  t!ie  person,  at  whose  Iionse  she  awl  het 
hther  liail  ludged  oa  quitting  Devonsbire,  lo  secrete  theinnelves  from 
Celonul  Belgraie.  This  woman  hod  been  bribed  to  sen'e  him,  and 
JiAd  fitrce<I  nevertki  letters  upoti  Amanda,  who,  tlicrefure,  natursJIj 
lUiorred  the  sight  of  a  person  that  had  Joined  in  bo  infamous  a  plot 
inst  her ;  and  to  her  exclamation  of  anrprise  and  pleasnre,  only 
id  a  cnol  Loir,  and  directly  left  the  room.  She  wa»  vexeA  at 
Dg  this  woman.  The  coodact  of  Cotonel  Belgravo  had  hitherto 
feMQ  concealed,  from  motiTea  of  pride  and  delicacy;  and  to  lady 
'.'Oreystoct,  of  all  other  beings,  she  wiahed  it  not  revealed ;  her  only 
kope  of  its  not,  being  so,  was,  that  this  woman,  on  her  own  account, 
irotild  not  mention  it,  as  alio  mttat  be  conscious  that  her  efforts  to 
sre  not  nndlsco'O.ed. 
Mra.  Jenningo  had  been  housekeeper  to  Ijidy  Greystoclt  daring  her 
natdence  in  Eiiglaod,  and  so  snccesefhlly  ingratiated  herself  into  her 
inr,  that  thoiigti  dismissed  from  her  service,  she  yet  retained  it. 
ly  Qreystock  wu  surprised  to  see  she  and  Amanda  knew  each 
:,  and  Inquired  minutely  liow  tho  acqunintanca  had  oommenoed. 
manner  in  which  she  mentioned  Amanda,  onnvinced  Mrs.  Jen- 
Wngs  she  was  not  high  in  her  estimation,  and  from  tliis  conviction, 
she  thonglit  sije  might  safely  assert  any  falsehood  she  [ileosed  agunst 
her.  As  slie  knew  enough  of  her  lady's  disposition,  to  be  assnredsbd 
never  would  contradict  an  assertion  to  the  prejudice  of  a  person  sh* 
taliked ;  by  what  she  designed  saying,  she  trusted  any  thing  Amanda 
ight  say  against  her  would  appear  malicious,  and  that  sheshouldalao 
re»enge<l  for  the  dindainfol  air  with  which  slie  hiUI  regarded  her, 
Bhe  told  her  ladyt^hip,  "  that,  near  a  year  ba(^k,  Miss  Fitialan  had 
been  a  lodger  of  hers,  as  nlsn  an  old  officer  she  culled  her  father;  but 
had  she  known  what  kind  of  people  they  were,  she  never  would  hare 
admitted  tlieru  into  her  hnuae.  Miss  was  followed  by  each  a  sat 
of  gallants,  ahr  really  thought  the  reputation  of  her  house  would  hara 
lieen  ruined.  Among  them  was  Ctiloncl  llclgravc.  a  sad  rake,  whn 
she  believed  was  a  favourite.  Slie  was  determined  on  making  them 
decamp,  when  suddenly  Miss  went  olF,  nob<«ly  knew  where,  but  it 
might  easily  be  gaewed  (■].  did  not  travel  alone,  for  tbe  culunel  disap' 
peared  at  tlie  same  time.'' 
The  character  of  Fitialan,  and  the  nniforra  propriety  of  Amanda'i 
forbid  LadT  Oreystook'a  girind  implicit  eredlt  to  what  Un 


•68  CHILDIIKN      or      lilK      ADBBr. 

Jcnain^  wiul;  she  perceived  iti  it  ilie  exa{rgoi'at'um$  of  mnlke  and 
Cnlseliooil,  accaaiuned  slie  atii)iiose(l  by  dLwppoiuWd  avarice,  oi 
oQeaded  pride.  Slie  resolved,  liowever,  to  relate  all  slie  be&rd  to  th« 
marohiunesa,  witlioiit  betraying  the  smallest  doubt  cf  its  veradty. 

It  may  appear  strange  that  Lady  Greystock,  hA^t  tnking  Amanda, 
iinsulicited,  under  her  protection,  shoaid,  without  any  cause  of  ciinii^, 
£eck  to  injure  lier:  bnt  Lady  Greystock  was  a  woman  devoid  of  prin- 
ciple; from  selfish  motives  she  bad  taken  Ama.H]a,  anil  IVoiii  a«Ifiah 
motives  she  was  ready  to  sacriSce  her. — Her  'o.lyship  bad  ajoyed  so 
much  happiness  in  iier  matrimonial  connection]),  that  she  h&d  BO 
objvoUou  oguin  to  enter  tlie  lists  of  Hymen,  and  Lord  Cherbury  VM 
Uio  object  at  which  her  present  wishes  were  pointed. — The  mar- 
cLioneSB  bad  liinted,  in  pretty  plain  terms,  that  if  she  coontersctod 
Lord  Mortimer's  intentions  respecting  Amanda,  sbo  wonld  forward 
here  relative  to  Lon!  Cherbory. 

She  thought  what  Mrs,  Jennings  had  alleged  wjold  effectnsUy  toe- 
ward  their  piniis ;  as  /ihe  knew,  if  csllcd  uf.on,  slic  wonld  enpport  iL 
The  next  tnorning  she  went  to  Portman  Square,  to  a 
important  inteUigeuce  to  tlie  marcbionoss  and  Lady  Enphn 


■  CHILDRBK     or     T U S     A 

thoSr  plot,  tLat  Lad;  Grejntock  qdiI  Amanita  slioald  immediately 
rRTTitive  ti>  ItiO  marchiuness's  boiiso;  by  tliis  chango  tif  aboiie  toti, 
Luril  Mortimer  would  be  prevented  taking  auy  material  step  reliitive 
lo  Anianda,  till  the  period  arrived,  wben  his  own  incLioaUoa  wuuld 
most  probab'y,  render  aoy  farther  trouble  on  tbat  acconnt  unnece*. 

Lady  GroyEt«.,k,  on  her  return  Ui  Pall  Mall,  after  a  warm  enlo- 

gium  on  tb«  fhondi1ji{>  of  tlie  morchiones.*,  mentioned  tlie  invitation 
eIib  had  pviiU  tlioni  lu  Ler  house,  tvliicb  hIib  declared  slie  conid  not 
reluse,  en  it  was  made  from  an  ardent  desire  of  enjoying  more  of 
liieir  Bocioly  tbau  sbe  had  hitherto  done  dnring  their  abort  stay  in 
London.  Sno  also  told  Ainanilo,  tliat  botlt  tlie  marchioness  and  Lady 
Euphrasia  had  enpreh^ed  a  tender  regard  fur  her  and  a  wiiib  of  prov- 
ing to  tiia  wor>a  that  any  coolness  wliich  existed  between  their  fomi- 
lies,  WW  removed  by  her  becoming  their  gnesL 

This  pnjeoted  removal  viaa  extremely  ditagreealile  to  Amanda,  as 
it  not  only  terminated  the  morning  interviewa  whicli  were  to  take 
place  be'.wocn  her  and  Lord  Mortliiier,  diiring  the  abaence  of  Lady 
Orey«t  nn  with  her  lawyers,  bat  threatened  to  impose  a  restraint  on 
her  lookd  as  well  aa  actions,  being  confident,  from  the  views  and 
audpicions  of  Lady  Enpiiratia,  she  should  continually  be  watched 
with  tiie  oluscst  circwnsiJection.  Her  part,  liowever,  was  aequieft- 
cenoe;  the  lud^ngs  were  discharged,  and  the  next  morning  they 
took  uji  their  re^iideiice  under  the  Marquis  of  Rosline's  roof,  to  the 
uiliuite  surprise  and  mortifii^tion  of  Lord  Mortimer,  who,  like 
Amanda,  anticipated   tiie  diaagrceable   consequences   which   would 

Tlie  atti.'red  manner  of  the  marcliiones-i  and  Lady  Eupliraaia  sni^ 
prified  AoianJa;  they  receivtd  her  not  merely  with  politenena,  but 
aiFeC^on  rer4ti>itulat«d  all  Lady  Greystoclc  hail  already  said,  ooneern- 
iiif  tiuJi  ii^i-d;  bid  her  consider  herself  entirely  at  homo  in  their 
hoiL'^  and  aj-ri-'inted  a  maid  solely  to  attend  her. 

Kotwilhataiuling  their  former  cool,  even  oonteraptnous  conduct, 
AmajMli,  the  child  of  innocence  and  simplicity,  could  not  believe  the 
Blter'at:un  in  their  manners  feigned,  she  rather  believed  tltat  her  own 
I'ationLB  and  humility  had  at  length  ooncillated  llieir  regard;  the 
p^Msed  her,  and  like  ever)-  other,  which  the  sopptsed  could  givo 
atber  sntisfaction,  it  was  instantly  communicated  to  him. 


CBILDKKK     or 


T8K     A.BBir 


^bu  r^nnd  herself  most  agrecnMj  miEtaken,  relative  to  the  r«ntraiDt 
she  liad  fesred;  she  was  perfect  mistresa  of  her  r-wn  lime  uai 
unions;  and  wlien  slie  saw  Lord  Uonimer,  do  loweriai;  I'loLs,  no 
siudied  interference,  aa  lierotofnro,  from  tlie  marcliU  nsaB  or  i^tdf 
Euphrasia,  prevented  their  frequenCl;  convereing  t.>eother.  Ths 
nmrchiouess  made  her  severo!  elegant  jiresents,  nn<l  f>i<if  SiipliraiiU  < 
fretpientlf  dropped  the  fonnal  appellation  of  liiiss  Fiiralao,  for  tlie 
iiinre  familiar  one  of  Amanda. 

Sir  Charles  Binglcj,  agreeable  to  his  resolution  of  not  relinqnishiag 
Amanda  without  another  eObrt  for  her  favour,  (tiiU  porulutod  in  Iila 
attentions,  and  visited  constantly  at  the  marqiiiB's. 

Amanda  had  been  abont  a  furtuiglit  in  Purtmon  SqnofC,  <rhan  slw 
■went  one  niglit  with  the  marchioness,  Laily  Euphraaio,  Mi^s  VnU'olm 
and  Ijidy  Grey^toek,  to  the  Pantheon.  Loni  Itortimer  had  told  her, 
that  if  he  could  possibly  leave  a  particular  party  he  was  engaged  t«^ 
he  woold  be  there.  She  therefore,  on  tliot  tux-iumt,  wished  to  Lcep 
hereelf  disengaged ;  bnt  immediately  on  her  entrance,  she  was  Joiueil  .. 
Ijy  Hir  Cliarlea  Bingley,  and  she  found  she  miist  cithur  atnee  vnlh 
him,  ft*  he  reijuesied,  or  consent  to  listen  to  bia  usuid  epn.-4-j-.-(a!ioa; 


L    Bel 


her  a  conveyBnce  home.  Her  optatiou  now  became  contagiong;  it 
wad  visible  to  Sir  Chortes  that  it  proceeded  from  seeing  Coloael  Bel- 
jm^e,  nnd  lie  trembled  as  he  supported  her. 

BclgraTc  offered  hia  Be^vice^  in  assistiDg  to  support  her  from  tho 
bat  she  motioned  witli  her  hand  to  repolse  hini. 

At  the  door  the;  met  Lord  Uortimer  entering.  Terrified  by  the 
iitnalion  of  Amanda,  all  cnution,  all  reserve  foraook  him,  and  his 
rfijiid  and  impasuioned  inqniries  betrayed  the  tender  interest  eho  had 
in  his  heart.  Unable  to  answer  them  heraeli^  Sir  Charles  replied  for 
her,  saying,  "eho  had  been  token  extremely  ill  o^r  dancing,"  and 
added,  "  he  n-ould  resign  her  to  hia  lordship's  protection  while  be 
went  to  proem*  her  a  chur." 

Lord  Mortimer  received  the  lovely  trembler  in  his  arms ;  he  eoftly 
colled  her  Lis  Amanda,  the  beloved  of  his  so^il,  and  she  began  to 
revive:  his  presence  was  at  once  s  relief  and  comfort  to  her,  and  his 
language  soothed  the  perturbations  of  her  mind ;  but  as  she  raiaed 
her  head  from  hia  shonlder,  she  beheld  Colonel  Belgrave  standing 
near  ttiem.  Ilia  invidious  eyes  fastened  on  her;  she  averted  her 
head,  and  saving  the  air  would  do  lier  good,  Lord  Mortimer  led  lier 
forward,  and  took  this  op|>orturiity  of  expressing  his  wishea  for  the 
period,  when  he  should  be  at  liberty  to  watch  over  her  with  guardian 
care,  soothe  every  weakness  and  soften  every  care. 

In  a  few  minates  Sir  Charles  returned,  and  told  her  he  bad-pro* 
cured  a  cliair.  She  thanked  hiw  with  grateful  sweetness  for  his 
attention,  and  requested  Lord  Mortimer  to  acquaint  the  htdies  with 
the  reason  of  her  ahmpt  departure.  Eis  lordship  wished  himself  to 
have  attended  her  to  Portman  Sqnare,  bnt  she  thought  it  woidd 
appear  too  particular,  and  wonid  not  suffer  him. 

She  retired  to  her  room,  immediately  on  her  return,  and  endeav- 
oured, though  Dnsntieessl'ully,  to  compose  her  Bpirits. 

The  distress  she  suffered  from  Belgrave's  conduct  bad  left  an 
Impression  on  her  mind,  which  could  not  be  erased ;  the  terror  bia 
presence  inspired,  was  too  powerful  for  reason  to  oonqner,  and  rai^eil 
Ihti  nuist  gloomy  presages  in  her  mind;  she  believed  him  capable  of 
anyvillnny:  his  looks  had  declared  a  continuance  of  illicit  love:  sho 
trembled  at  the  idea  of  Lis  stratagems  being  renewed:  her  appre- 
henniona  were  doubly  painful,  from  the  necessity  of  concealment,  lest 
tliote  dearer  to  her  Iban  eiistencc,  aboold  be  involved  in  danger  on 
l>«r  anoooDt.    To  heaven  alie  looted  up  for  pTotecUtm,  «mk\  Cbxs  \i«T^ot« 


of  her  htait  i 


iLBRis    or    TMi    Aiaav. 


•oraawhat  1h 


Md,«HlMiDI 


leader  the  unu  of  BelgraTs  agalnat  hor  pewN^  H  sbortiT*  an  4m> 
■gaiut  h«r  innooenoe  h«d  been. 

Or  OharlM  Bing^  pvtad  from  l4rd  IbirlliMr  inudlatt^  iA* 
Amanda's  departure,  and  rotamed  arm  in  am  with  Ttilgiail  tt  H* 
room.  "BelgraTB,"  aald  ha  afamptlj,  afiv  mi^iic  aaaa/niimtK^ 
"70D  know  Huh  ElUelant"  --^ 

Balgnve  answered  not  hastilr;  he  appaarad  m  U  dtUbmaUw^Mm 
tiMnpljb*  ahonld  g^n;  atUat,  "I  do  know IOh Sttaiai^  «iii 
ha,  "hw  fotber  waa  mj  tenant  in  DeTonaUn;  iha  la  ooaaf  It* 
lorelieat  girk  I  «r(r  knew."  ^ 

"  Lovely  indeed,"  uid  Sir  Obarlea  with  m  imp  lad  inroliatav 
d|^  "bvt  it  ia  aomewhat  eztraordinary  to  ma,  tat  tnataad  tt 
noticing  yon  as  a  friend  or  aoqnaintanoe,  ahe  ahonld  look  ilanwadaJ 
a^tated,  as  if  the  liad  seen  an  enemy." 

"Uydear  Bingley,"  ezcl^med  BelgntTe,  "anreljat  tUa  tbaa-flf 
day,  yon  cannot  1m  a  stranger  to  the  nnaoeonntaUe  o^rinKlf  Hw 


Ilia  visit,  when  a  letter  was  brought  him,  whioti  ooataiaed  the  fuUoir- 
Ing  iines: 

'*  II'  Sir  Charlea  Biagloy  baa  the  least  regard  for  his  liooonr  oi 
tronqnillitv,  be  will  immediately  relinquish  his  attentions  rdaliva 
to  Uiss  FitialaD;  tbis  caution  comes  from  a  gineere  friend,  from  a 
^rson  whoae  delicacy,  not  want  of  veradty,  nrges  to  this  secret 
mode  of  giving  it." 

Sir  Obarles  perused  and  re-peruaed  the  later,  as  if  doubting  tbe 
eTidttioe  of  Ilia  eyes;  he  at  last  flung  it  from  liim,  and  clasping  bis 
hands  together,  eicloimed,  -'Tbia  ia  indeed  a  horrible  explanation:" 
ho  took  up  tbo  detested  paper:  again  he  examined  tlie  cbaraclera, 
and  recogniied  the  writing  of  Colonel  Belgrade.  He  hastily  snatched 
lip  bis  liat,  and  witli  the  paper  in  bis  hand,  Bew  directly  to  his  house: 
the  u'lonel  was  alone. 

"  lielgrave,"  said  Sir  Oliarles,  tn  almost  breathless  agitation,  "are 
TOii  tlii>  antbor  of  this  letter!"  presenting  it  to  him. 

Iklgrnve  took  it,  read  it,  but  continued  silent. 

"  Ob  I  Belgrava,"  exclaimed  Sir  Charles,  in  a  voice  trembling  with 
tgnnj-,  "  pity  and  relieTe  my  anspense." 

''  I  am  the  author  of  it,"  replied  Belgrave,  with  solemnity,  "  Miss 
FifTa^nn  and  I  were  once  tenderly  attached ;  I  trust  I  am  no  deliberate 
iihertlne;  but  when  a  lovely  aedncing  girl  was  thrown  purposely  in 

" Ob,  stop,"  said  Sir  Cliarlas,  "to  me  an  extenuation  of  your 
comluut  is  unnecessary ;  'tis  sofBcient  to  know  that  Miss  Fitzalon  and 
I  trc  forever  separated."  His  emotions  overpowered  hii"  ;  ho  leaned 
oti  a  table,  and  covered  hi«  face  with  bis  handkerchief. 

"The  shock  I  have  received,"  said  be,  "almost  unmans  mo; 
Amanda  was — alas,  I  must  say,  is  dear,  inexpressibly  dear  to  my  soul: 
I  ihongiit  her  tlie  most  lovely,  the  most  eatimaMe  of  women,  and  the 
_  nuguish  I  now  feel,  b  more  on  her  account  than  my  own ;  I  oaanot 
bear  the  idea  of  the  contempt  which  may  bll  upon  her:  Oh  Belgrave, 
'tis  melancholy  to  behold  a  human  being  so  endowed  by  nature  as  she 
IS,  inwn»ble  or  unworthy  of  her  blessings.  Amanda,"  be  continued 
after  a  pause,  "  never  encouraged  me,  I  therefore  cannot  accnso  bar  of 
rniendiag  deceit." 

"  Sue  never  encouraged  yon,"  replied  Belgrave,  "  because  she  wa» 
Vubitioiu  uf  a  higher  ti'le ;  Amanda  beneath  a  apecions  appearaiuw 


of  ionncenoe,  iwDceBla  a  light  ilisposilion  and  n  deigning  Itaui;  ■ 
aspii'M  to  Hortiruor's  haud,  and  ma;  probflbly  BDcoeeit,  ^br  ] 
Lui^Bge  axid  attentiona  to  her  last  night,  were  tho«e  of  ^  tendw 

"1  Biiall  return  immediately  to  Ireland,"  said  Sir  Charles,   "■ 
endeaTour  to  torget  I  hod  ever  seen  her ;  she  has  made  me  in 
experience  all  the  fervoney  of  love  and  bitterness  of  diaaiijiointiiientl 
what  I  f«lt  for  her,  I  tliiuk  I  tihall  never  ugain  feel  for  aiiy  wt)ii.na.1 


To  tam  ftU  beamy  liito  Itiougliti  of  harm, 
Ajii  oerer  more  ib^  It  Jk  (raclDUL 

Sir   Charlea   Bingley,   and   Colonel   Belgrave,   in   early   life,  1 
contracted  a  friendship  for  each  otlier,  n'bich  time  had  strengtheoat: 
in  ODC,  but  reduced  to  a  mere  shadoiv  in  the  other.     On  meeting  t 
colonel  nneipectedly  in  town.  Sir  Charles  had  informed  Lim  of  fa 
fatentiooa  relative  to  Amanda.     DIb  heart  throbbed  at  the  mention  of 
her  name,  he  had  long  endeavoured  to  discover  her;  pride,  love  iind 


ieDa«: 
if  faia 


KodadouA,  or  infficienti;  baae,  as  to  meie  Buch  on  assertion  u 
Uelgravo  li«il  d(iii«  against  Amanda,  witliout  truth  I'ur  its  supijort. 

'I'iui  errors  of  lUs  Irii^iid,  tliougli  the  murw  of  uiitii>eakiLlilQ  atigijah. 
to  tiim,  were  more  pitied  tlion  condeiuned,  oa  he  ratlier  lieliov«  ttioj 
proceeded  luore  tram  Uie  imp«tuo^tjr  of  passioD  than  tlie  ddib«ratioa 
of  deBiga,  and  that  thaj  w«re  loiig  riooe  siuoorcly  repent«d  of. 

Amanda  oould  not  be  forgutlen,  tlie  liold  she  had  on  liis  heart 
ooald  not  oo.'iit;  be  shal^ea  off,  and  like  Uie  reoording  sngel,  h«  was 
often  f r:j.i>ted  to  drop  a  lear  over  her  IaiiIls,  and  obliterate  tliem  for 
•rer  (r.>i',  hia  meinorj' ;  tliU,  bowever,  woa  considiired  the  mere 
■Egt>^'''  '<'  ol'  v«akiies»,  and  tie  ordered  luuuedisla  preparatioiu  to  be 
o  vie  tiir  his  rotoro  to  Ireland. 


I 


CHAPTER  XXVIIi 


Tlultcr.  uid  b&jtilj  HU]«  anj  m 


OtWAI. 


Lobs  IfonruixB,  diatrest  bf  the  indispoeilion  of  Ainanda,  hastened, 
at  an  earlier  hour  than  asnal  (for  hia  morning  vieits)  to  rorUnaa 
Uquarc,  and  noa  oaliered  into  Lad;  Eiiphrasia's  droesiog  room,  vbera 
eti«  and  Uiss  Ualcolm,  who  had  continued  with  her  the  preceding 
night,  were  sitting  t6te-^t6te  at  breakfast.  His  lordship  was  a  wel- 
come visitDr,  bat  it  was  soon  obvions  on  whose  accoant  he  had  made 
hia  appearance,  for  acarcely  were  the  uauul  vouipliineats  over,  ere  be 
inqnired  about  Uiss  Fitudon. 

Lady  Eapbrasia  eoid,  ahe  was  still  onwell,  and  had  not  jet  left  her 
apartment. 

"She  has  not  yet  recovered  tlie  surprise  of  Inat  night,"  exclaimed 
a  Ualoohn  with  a  molicioiu  smile. 

^What  surprise  t"  asked  his  lordsldp. 

"Dear  me,"  replied  Miaa  Ualcohn,  "was  not  your  lordship  preacnl 
<  met  Colonel  Belgravet" 

"No,"  uid  Lord  Mortimer,  changing  colour,  "  I  was  not  proientj 

la 


ita  CIlILIlRES      or      TKK      ABBkr. 

Bnt  vhai  has  Colonel  Iklgrttve  to  say  to  Miaa  Fitzdan  ?"  uk«(]  ImM 
RD  sgitoted  voice. 

"  That  is  a  i]ue8tioa  your  lordship  most  put  !o  the  yonng  Indy  li 
Belf,"  answered  Miss  Malcolm. 

"  Now  I  declare,"  cried  Lndy  Euphrasia,  addressing  her  fiien^^ 
"  tig  very  probable  her  illneM  did  not  proceed  from  swing  Culootf 
Itelgrave;  you  know  Ehe<  never  meationed  being  acqnaintcil  witliliiMV 
tlioogh  her  father  was  Ilia  tenant  in  Dovonsliire." 

Lord  Mortimer  grew  more  disturbed,  and  rose  abruptly. 

Lady  Eaphraaia  mentioned  tlidr  iutention  of  going  tliat  evening  1 
the  play,  and  invited  him  to  be  of  the  party :  he  accepted  h?r  u:v)fa 


Ilia  visible  diatress  waa  a  source  of  infinite  mirth  to  tlie  yonnf 
ladies,  which  they  iudnlged,  the  moment  he  quitted  Uie  room.  Thtt 
circumstance  relative  to  Belgrave,  the  marchioness  hail  irJ'oi 
thcin  of;  as  she  and  Lady  Greystock  were  near  Atiiiuidn  -.flion  ah* 

Lord  Mortimer  waa  unhappy :  tlie  mind  which  has  once  lisrbonred 


OltlLDRlS      or      T]ia      ASBBT.  SST 

',£•  Icncneil  in  hU  opiuion ;  her  tendenieM,  hor  pnritj,  )ie  said  to  Mm- 
•oif,  cunlil  nut  bo  ft;ign>.-d;  no,  sIjo  was  a  treasure  ^'cater  tliaa  ha 
deseTT«i1  to  i>usEe8» ;  nor  would  be,  like  a  wajwurd  auu  of  error,  fling 
■jiTiif  the  ImppineKS  he  bud  ao  long  desired  to  obtain. 

The  calm  ilila  resolutiiio  produced  wm  but  transient;  doubta  hsu. 
been  ruiLcd,  aud  duubu  cnuld  not  be  baniabed;  be  was  inclined  to 
it!iink  tlifiJi  Dtijuat,  jet  had  not  power  to  dispel  iJiem.  Ytuiilj  li(t 
qiptied  to  tbo  ideoit  wbich  had  heretofore  been  each  conaolntory 
recoiiruea  of  comfort  to  bim.  nnitiely,  that  his  father  wonld  consent 

•  to  lu9  union  with  Amanda,  through  the  interference  of  lii»  aunt,  and 
»Ae  folidty  he  should  ei^oy  in  that  union :  an  □nnsual  lieavinesn  clung 

19  heart,  which  like  a  gloomy  sky,  cost  a  shade  of  Badness  over 
,  sverj  prospect.  Thonghtful  and  penitive  be  reached  home,  just  as  Kr 
Charles  Bingley  was  entering  the  door,  who  informed  him  Jje  had 
Jnst  received  a  note  fi'oni  Lord  Cherhury,  desiring  his  immediate 
presence. 

Lord  Mortimer  attended  him  to  the  earl,  who  acquainted  hira  that 
I  he  had  received  a  letter  from  Mr.  FitKnliuj.  in  which  he  expressed  a 
m  sen^e  of  the  honour  Sir  Charles  did  his  family,  by  addressing 
JCiss  Filzalan :  and  tliat  to  have  lier  united  to  a  cliaracter  so  trnly 
'  ntimable  wonld  give  him  the  truest  bftppiness,  from  a  conviution 
,t  hers  wonld  bo  secured  by  such  an  union.  "He  has  written  to 
Ilia  dnnghter,  ei)>ressing  his  sentiments,"  continned  Lord  Cherbory : 
■**I  have  tlierefore  no  doubt,  Sir  Obarlos,  hut  what  every  thing  will 
'•noceed  to  yonr  wish." 

"  I  am  sorry,  my  lord,"  cried  Sir  Charles,  with  an  agitated  voice, 
d  a  cheek  flushed  with  emotion,  '*  thai  I  ever  troubled  yonr  lord- 
>  ihlp  in  lliis  affliir,  as  I  have  now,  and  forever,  relinquiahod  all  ideas 
a  union  with  Miss  Fitzalan." 

"The  resolution  is  really  somewhat  eitraordinary  and  snddcn,'' 
replied  the  earl,  "  sTler  the  conversation  whiob  so  lately  pasMd 

*  between  ue." 

"Adopted,  however,  my  lord,  from  a  thorongh  conviction  that 
luppinea^  eoulii  never  bo  attnined  in  a  union  with  that  yonng  litdy." 
'  £ir  Charles's  tenderness  for  Amanda  was  still  undiminished :  he 
'  -Wished  to  preserve  her  IVom  censure,  and  thus  proceeded: 

"  Your  lordship  must  allow  that  I  conld  have  little  chance  of  bap- 
< jtlneas  in  alljinff  myself  lo  a  womaJi  who  has  resolutely  and  nid&eaiL^ 


8«B  CHlLUlll  S      u»      I    hi;      A  1.  L  K   F, 

treated  me  witli  IndiSk^ncef  passion  Uin<1i.i1  mj  tvtsan,  wlien  I 
lildreitsed  jonr  lurObliip  tvUtire  tu  Uiss  FlEEnla:!,  tint  its  mints  tro 
cow  ilU[>orscil,  luid  Bober  rtflectioa  obliges  me  1<>  rfliii<)ni<ih  a  BCheiiM, 
wlinse  Rccaiii|>l!tiliinent  cuuld  nut  possibly  give  nie  satia&utioii." 

"  You  are  oertoiuly  the  best  judge  of  four  own  actioiu.  Sir  Cbarle^'* 
jrepUed  the  earl ;  "my  aotiog  in  tJie  offitir  pniceeded  rrom  s  wish  to 
■orre  you,  as  well  aa  from  lu;  friendship  to  Captaiu  Fitzulan :  I  most 
anppose  your  condnot  will  never  disparage  your  own  honour,  or  cast 
n  slight  upoD  Misa  Fitzalan," 

"Tbnt,  my  lord,  you  may  bt  assured  oV  Baid  Sir  diaries,  Trith 
riome  warmth,  "luy  actions  and  their  motives  hare  hitlicrto,  and  will 
ever,  I  trust,  bear  tLe  strictest  investigation.  I  cannot  retire  ^"iHiont 
tbaoklng  your  lordsLip  fur  the  interest  you  took  in  my  favour ;  had 
things  succeeded  aa  I  then  hoped  and  exiiected,  I  cannot  deny  but  I 
abould  have  been  miicti  Itappicr  than  1  am  at  present."  He  then 
bowed  and  retired. 

Lord  Mortimer  had  listened  with  astonishment  to  Sir  Charlea'a 
lelinqDisbment  of  Amanda:  like  his  father,  he  thought  it  B  auddNi 
tnd  extraordinary  rettolution  :  he  was  before  jealous  of  Amanda's 
love — he  was  now  jealous  of  her  honour.  The  agitation  of  Sir 
Charles  aeeraed  to  imply  even  a  cause  mora  powerful  than  her  cold- 
ness, for  resigning  her;  he  recollected  that  the  baronet  and  the  col- 
onel were  intimate  friends:  distracted  by  apjirehensions,  he  rushed 
out  of  the  house,  and  overtook  Sir  Charles  ere  he  had  quitted  the 
square. 

"Why,  Bingley,"  cried  he,  with  affected  gaiety,  "I  thought  yon 
too  TnlioHt  a  knight  to  be  easily  overcome  by  despair ;  and  that  with- 
out first  trying  every  effort  to  win  her  favour,  yon  never  would 
give  op  a  fair  lady  you  had  set  your  heart  on." 

"  I  leave  such  efforts  for  jour  lordship,"  replied  Sir  Charles,  "  or 
ttioee  who  have  equal  patience." 

"But  aeriously,  Bingley,  I  think  this  sudden  resignation  of  Hisa 
Fitzalan  somewhat  strange  :  why,  last  night  1  could  have  awom  yon 
were  as  much  attached  to  her  as  ever.  From  Lord  Cberbury's  friend- 
ahip  for  Captwn  Fitialan,  I  think  her  in  some  degree  under  his 
protection  and  mine ;  and  as  the  particularity  of  jour  attentiona 
attracted  observation,  I  think  your  abruptly  withdrawing  lh«n 
requires  explanation." 


OHILDKBN      OF      I  UK      AUDEY.  269 

As  Loni  Cherbnrj  irai  th«  pcrsun  I  a|)|i1i«<I  to,  relative  to  UiH 
fhzalui,"  exclaimed  Sir  Charles,  "  and  as  tie  uas  saliafied  with  tJie 
0  I  ii::fiigued  for  my  conduct,  be  assured,  my  lord,  1  shall  never 
■0v«  another  U>  jou." 

'  Toiir  words,"  retorted  Lord  Mortimer,  iriih  wanatb,  "  imply 

A  there  nu  anotlier  motive  for  jaxit  condact,  than  the  one  yon 

jBToweil :    what  hnrrid  inference  may  not  be  drawn  from  aaoh  an 

Iniiauation  f    Oh,  BJr  Charles,  repuiaiiun  ia  a  fra^le  Sciwer,  whioli 

Pw  sliKlitest  breath  may  injore." 

My  lord,  if  Miss  FituJan's  reputation  is  never  injured  but  by  my 
as,  it  will  eTvr  continue  imsuUied." 

I  cannot,  indeed,"  resumed  Lord  Mortimer,  "style  myaelf  her 
(gBBTdicn,  but  I  consider  myself  her  friend ;  and  from  the  feelings  of 
Alonddhip,  shall  ever  evince  my  interest  fn  her  welfare  and  resent 
Miiiilaot  which  can  possibly  render  ber  an  object  of  censure  to 
fuy  bdnK." 

"  A!!<iw  TOO  to  aak  your  lordship  one  question,"  cried  Sir  Charles, 
Uid  froini^ie,  on  yonr  honour,  to  answer  it." 
a    "I  ill)  priimise,"  siud  Lord  Mortimer. 

"  Then,  my  lurd,  did  yon  ever  really  wish  I  should  sooceed  with 
JDuFitadanl" 

Lord  Uorlitiiur  coloured,  "  Ton  expect,  Bir  Charles,  I  eliall  answer 
■you  on  my  ]i«noDr  t    Then  really  1  never  did." 

"  Your  passions  and  mine,"  continued  Sir  Charles,  "  are  impetnona ; 
fn  had  better  ohcclt  them  in  time,  lest  tliey  lead  us  to  lengths  we 
■nay  lierentter  repent  of.  Of  Miss  Fitzalan's  fame,  be  assured  no  mai, 
-Muld  bd  more  tenacions  than  I  shonld :  I  love  her  with  tlie  truest 
.■rduur  ■ — her  su«eptance  of  my  proposals  would  have  given  me 
jUicity : — my  suddenly  withdrawing  them,  can  never  liyure  her, 
when  I  decUre  my  motive  for  so  doing,  was  her  indifference.  Lord 
pberbury  is  salisiied  with  the  reason  1  have  assigned  for  resigning 
ber;  he  is  conijciona  tLat  no  man  of  sensibility  could  eipurience 
Jhsppinojs  with  a  woman,  in  whose  heart  he  knew  he  had  nn  interest; 
,  1  soppofv,  your  lordUiip  will  allow." 
C  rlalnly,"  replied  Lord  Mortimer. 

Then  it  strikes  me,  my  lord,  that  it  is  your  conduct,  not  mine 
^rt>ich  lias  a  tendency  to  iignre  Miss  Fitzalan :  tliat  it  is  your  words, 
nifia,  whirh  convey   an   insinualinu   agiuusl   her:    you   rekU) 


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Indeed  1  i«nDOt  blame  hor  so  lauch  for  entertaiuJng  aspiring  nottoi^' 
U  Uiri&e  will)  in^Iillcd  then  latii  li«r  mmd. 

Lord  Cherbnry  atartw],  oiid  reqnested  an  explanation  of  ber  yrotia. 

"  Why  I  declure,  my  lord,"  cried  she,  "  I  do  nept  know  liot  that  it 
wiU  bo  more  friendly  to  eiplain  tiifto  conceal  my  mcntiing;  vliat 
once  informed  of  the  yunug  l&dy'a  vievn,  your  lordsliip  uiay  hi  able 
to  convince  her  of  her  fallacy,  and  prevail  on  ber  not  to  lose  onoUiw 
good  ujiportnnity  of  settliag  herself  in  oonseqnence  of  tlieia ;  in  aliorti 
uiy  lord.  Miss  Fitzalan,  prompted  by  her  father,  has  uu>t  her  eyes  on 
t^rd  Mortimer;  pre«aiuing  on  yoar  friendahip,  he  tliought  anniun 
between  them  might  easily  be  accomplislied.  I  do  not  Wlieve  Lord 
Uortimer  at  tnt  gave  any  encnaragcmcnt  to  their  designs ;  bnt  whcu 
the  girl  was  thrown  continaally  in  his  way,  it  was  im-Missible  not  to 
notice  her  at  Lost.  I  really  expressed  a  lliorougli  dlEop  robalion  to 
lier  coming  to  London,  knowing  their  motivoa  for  dislring  (he  bscot- 
BioD,  bat  her  father  never  ceased  persecating  me,  till  I  consented  to 
take  her  under  my  protection." 

"C|>on  my  word,"  cried  the  mnriiiiiii,  who  was  not  of  the  ladies' 


^r  OHILDREN      OF      THS      ABDET.  STS 

Hv  Tlie  litdies  irere  enniptared  at  the  success  of  their  Eclieme.    TIiq 

B  pitssioa  of  Lord  Cberburjp  could  acaroelj'  be  stnothered  in  Ibeir 

pTCMDoe.     On  tlie  liead  of  Fitzaian  lliey  knew  it  would  burst  with 

full  Tiiilonce.    Tliej  did  not  mention  Belgrave;  relative  to  him  Ihej 

re^iiilved  to  ■Iftict  profound  ignorance. 

The  pusioDs  of  Lord  Cherbury  were  impetuoa)i.  lis  had,  as  1 
have  olreud;  hinted,  secret  tsotirea  fur  deoiring  n  connection  between 
bis  fttinilj  aad  the  marquis's;  and  the  idea  of  that  deaire  being 
defeated  drove  him  almost  to  dietraction.  He  knew  hin  aon's  pa>- 
sioan,  though  nut  bo  easily  irritated  as  his  own,  were,  when  once  irri- 
tated, equally  violent.  To  renonfttratit  with  him  concerning  Miss 
Fitiolan,  he  believed,  would  be  unavailing;  he  therefore  resolved,  if 
possible,  (o  have  her  removed  out  of  his  way,  ere  he  apprised  him  of 
the  discovery  he  had  made  of  bis  attachment.  lie  entertained  not  a 
doabt  of  Lady  Oreyitock's  veracity  ;  frt)m  his  general  knowledge  of 
■nnnkind,  he  believed  self  the  predominant  consideration  in  everj 
breast.  His  feelings  were  too  violent  not  to  seek  an  immediate  vent, 
aad  ere  he  went  to  bed,  he  wrote  a  bitter  and  reproachful  letter  to 
Fitialan,  which  oonoluded  with  an  entreaty,  or  rather  a  command,  t» 
send  without  delay  for  bis  daughter.  A  dreadful  stroke  this  for 
poor  Fitialan. 


h«  hoped  he  had  at  lu«t  found  a  spot,  where  hia  latter  days  might 
olote  in  iranqaillitj. 

The  innocent  Amanda  wiis  received  tlie  noit  morning  with  smiles, 
by  tluwe  who  were  prc[>arin(*  a  plot  lor  her  destruction. 

WLiUt  at  breakHsBt,  a  servant  informed  Lady  Greystock  a  yoong 
woman  wanted  to  ep«ak  la  her. 
"Who  is  iihe?"  asked  her  ladyship;  "did  ahe  not  send  up  ber 

"No,  my  lady,  but  she  said  ahe  had  particslar  bnsiness  with  your 
Udy»lii|)." 

The  marcliiimeas  directed  she  might  be  shown  np,  and  a  gir!  abont 
MTunt«eu  wus  aocorjingiy  ushered  into  the  room.  Her  ligare  ww 
<Mcate,  and  her  face  intereeUng,  not  only  from  its  innocence,  but  th* 
ptMtiK  expression  of   tj^elancboly   di(l\ised   over   it.      She   appemd 


f  74  OUILDKKli     OF     rai      jtDKir 

tumbling  irith  confiuion  and  timidilj,  and  the  poTertj  of  bw 
apparel  implied  the  sonvce  of  hor  d^jeclJun. 

"So,  child,"  sAid  Lady  Grcystock,  &f1«r  giirreyiug  Ler  froin  bwd 
to  f»ot,  "  I  am  told  you  tiftve  bneinew  with  loe." 

"  Veil,  lUDdAm,"  replied  she,  ia  an  accent  su  low  as  ecnroely  to  be 
beard ;  "  my  father,  CH|itaiii  Buahbrouk,  desired  me  to  deliver  a  leHar 
to  your  ladyship." 

She  presoDted  it,  and  eadeavoiired  to  screen  herself  from  the  tern- 
UiLiiiu;;  ^Qil  con  tern  ptuoite  glances  of  Idtdy  Euphrasia  b;  paUiag  bsr 
bat  uver  her  face. 

'■  I  wonder,  child,"  aaid  Ladj  Grcystock,  as  she  opeoed  the  letter, 
"  what  yuur  father  can  write  to  me  about.  I  don't  luppoM  it  cMi  bs 
about  the  affair  he  mentioned  the  other  day. — Why,  realty."  contin- 
ued she,  after  she  hod  perused  it,  "  I  believe  he  (&keg  me  for  a  fool  | 
I  am  astonished,  after  his  insolent  conduct,  bow  he  can  possibly  txKva 
the  assurance  to  make  application  to  me  for  relief;  no,  DO,  child,  ba 
neglected  the  opportunity  he  bad  of  securing  me  nshia  friend ;  it  woald 
really  be  a  sin  to  give  him  the  power  of  bringinj;  up  his  family  in 
idleness ;  no,  no,  child,  be  must  Icam  you,  and  the  other  little  dain^ 


CBILDIIS  !( 


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•■  "Ton    mnat    not    encourage   inch   deapodding    thoughts,"    Biud 
"  Provideni'e,  all  bouateons,  and  all  powerl'ul,  is  al^is  in  ■ 
ttort  lime  to  change  the  gloomiest  scene  into  one  of  briglitnesa.    Tell 
'toe,''  she  oontioaed,  after  a  paose,  "  where  do  you  raaidel" 
At  Eensiiifrton." 

Kensington,"  repeated  Amanda,  "stirely  in  your  present  titn^ 
Hon,  you  are  anable  U>  take  mch  a  walk." 

C  Bttonipt  it,  howeTer,"  replied  Miss  Bushbrook. 

4  Amanda  walked  from  her  to  the  window,  revolving  a  scheme 

Wliicb  liftd  just  darted  into  her  miod ;  "  If  you  know  any  house," 

id  she,  "  where  you  could  stay  for  a  bhort  time,  I  would  call  on  yon 

Sb  a  carriage  and  leave  yon  at  home." 

This  Oder  was  truly  pleasing  to  the  poor,  weak,  trembling  girl,  but 
M  modestly  declined  it,  from  the  fear  of  giving  trouble.  Amanda 
lught  lier  not  to  waste  time  in  anoL  nnnecessary  Bcruples,  but  to 

fve  lier  the  desired  information. 
Bbe  accordingly  informed  her  there  was  a  haherdasher'a  in  Bond- 
ib«ct,  mentioning  the  name,  where  the  could  stay  till  called  for. 
This  point  settled,  Amanda,  fearful  of  being  surprised,  conducted 
IT  softly  to  the  hall-door,  and  immediately  returned  to  the  drawing- 
here  she  found  Lady  Euphrasia  juat  begining  to  reud  Huah' 
<Ook's  letter,  tor  her  mother's  amosement. 

Ila  style  evidently  denoted  tlie  painfid  conflicts  there  were  between 
pride  and  distress,  ere  the  former  could  be  suSicicntly  subdued  to 
allow  OD  application  for  relief  tc  the  person  who  had  occasioned  the 
latter ;  tlie  sight  of  a  lender  and  beloved  wife  languishing  in  the  anna 
of  sickness,  surronnded  by  a  family  under  the  pressure  of  the  severest 
want,  had  forced  him  to  a  Bt«p  which,  on  liia  own  account,  no  neces- 
sity could  have  compelled  him  to  take.  Ue  and  his  family,  be  sud, 
had  drank  the  cup  of  misery  to  the  very  drcgi :  ho  waved  the  elaima 
(if  justice,  he  only  asserted  tlioso  of  humanity,  in  his  present  applica- 
tion to  her  Udyahip ;  and  these  he  Dattered  himself  she  would  allow ; 
be  had  sent  a  young  petitioner  in  hia  behalf;  whose  tearful  eyes, 
^Ithose  faded  cheek,  were  sad  evidences  of  the  misery  he  described. 
'  The  raaruhioness  declared  she  wa.'s  astonished  at  his  insolence  in 
king  such  an  application,  and  Lady  Euphrana  protested  it  was  the 
it  ridicnlona  stuff  she  hod  ever  read. 
'  Amanda,  in  this,  as  well  as  many  otiier  instances,  differed  Irom  hor 


CUILDHKH     or     t  t 

ladj«hip ;  but  her  opinion,  like  a  littls  project  abe  had  in  Tiew  abdot    1 
Uke  Rushbrooks,  was  corefullj  concealed. 

Out  of  the  allowance  ber  father  made  her  for  clothes,  and  oths   | 
expenses,  about  tea  guineas  remiuniid,  which  she  had  intended  kfinf 
out  in  the  purcljsse  of  some  ornaments  for  her  appearance  at  a  ball  to 
be  given  in  the   course  of  the  enining  week,  by  the  docbess   of 

B ,  and  for  wliich  at  the  time  of  iuTitation,  Lord  Mortimer  had 

engaged  her  for  bispartoer:  to  give  op  (piing  to  this  ball,  to  ooiu»- 
a  charity  the  money  deroted  to  vanity,  was  her  project;  and 
it  fortunate  did  slie  deem  the  application  of  Roshbrook,  eta  her 
purchase  was  made,  and  she  consequently  prevented  froi|)  giving  htt 
initn.  Ilur  soul  revolted  from  the  inhntnanity  of  the  mnrobionees,  bar 
daughter  and  Lady  Greystock.  Exempt  from  the  calamities  of  want 
themselves,  they  forgot  the  pity  due  to  those  calamities  in  others.  If 
this  coldness,  this  obduracy,  she  cried  within  herself,  is  the  eSeiit  of 
jn-osperity :  if  thus  it  closes  the  avenues  of  benevolenoe  and  comps.** 
sion,  obt  never  may  the  dungerons  visitor  approach  me,  for  iUshouM 
I  tliink  the  glow  of  oompassioD,  and  sensibility  exchanged  for  all  its 
gaudy  pleasures. 

The  ladies  had  mentioned  their  intention  of  going  to  an  aoctioo, 
where,  to  n^  Lady  Euphrasia'!  phrase,  "  tbey  expected  to  see  all  tbo 
world."  Amanda  excusedberself  from  being  of  the  party,  saying,  ahs 
wanted  to  tnake  somfa  porohaaes  in  the  city.  Her  excuse  was  r«adity 
admitted,  aud  when  tbey  retired  to  their  re^iiective  toilets,  she  leuL 
for  B  carriage,  and  being  prepared  against  it  came,  immediately  stop^ 
into  it,  mid  was  driven  to  Bond  street,  where  «Iie  found  Miss  Boah- 
brook  with  trembling  anxiety  waiting  ber  arrival. 

In  their  way  to  Kensington,  the  tenderness  of  Amanil.')  at  onco 
conciliated  the  affection,  and  gained  the  entire  confidence  of  ht>r 
yonog  conipaniou.  She  related  the  little  history  of  her  parcnt'j 
sorrows.  Uer  father  on  returning  from  America,  with  bis  wife  and 
■ii  children,  had  been  advised  by  Ur.  Heatbfield,  tlie  tHend  who  hod 
effected  a  reconcihation  between  hltn  and  his  tuicle,  lo  commence  a 
sail  againat  Lady  Greystock,  on  the  presumption  that  the  will,  by 
which  she  enjoyed  Sir  Qeoflty's  fortune,  was  illegally  executed.  H« 
offered  biTii  bis  pnrse  to  carry  on  the  suit,  and  Ilia  house  for  a  habita- 
tion. Buabrook  gratefully  and  gladly  accepted  both  offers,  and  having 
diapoaed  of  hi*  coiimiisaion.  to  diMhnrge  some  present  detr*iids 


C  U  !  L  t!  1!  E  .V      O  >       1  II  S      A  n  B  E  »  .  27« 

i^ainnl  him,  he  nnd  lii><  fnmilir  touk  up  their  resilience  undbr  Mr. 
13 efill I  fluid's  hiispitftblo  roof.  In  tb a  midst  of  the  felicity  enjoyed 
^en«ni)i  <t;  in  the  inid«t  of  the  hopes  of  their  ovn  Enngniiie  teiu|>era, 
and  the  lluttxring  aaggeetioCH  tlie  lawyers  had  eiuited,  A  violent  fever 
CArriud  oH*  tlieir  heuevoleut  friend  ere  the  will  was  eiecuted,  la  which 
jte  bad  proiiused  Urgel;  to  consider  Btishbrook.  Bib  heir,  niuTow 
and  illiberel,  tiitd  long  fenred  that  bis  interiHt  would  be  hnrt  by 
tho  afiectioD  lie  eDtertained  for  Rnshbrook ;  and  aa  if  in  revenga 
for  the  pain  this  fear  bad  gii'eti,  the  momciit  he  had  power  lo  show 
Ilia  maliguant  di^positioD,  sold  all  the  famitore  of  the  house  at  Ken- 
yington,  and,  49  a  great  fuvoor,  told  Rn^hhrook  he  niight  contiuQe  in 
it  till  the  expiratiDH  of  the  half  rear,  when  it  was  to  t>e  given  up  to 
the  iatidiord.  Tbc  In'wj-ers  understanding  the  state  of  hia  finances, 
toon  informed  Idm  lio  could  no  longer  expect  their  asHi.itanoe.  Thus, 
citnost  iji  one  nioment,  did  uil  ids  pleiusing  prospects  vanisb,  and, 

Llks  UiB  bHalHl  f»bria  of  >  tIiIdd,  }ttt  sol  •  wncll  brhlnd. 

Wc  Ab  a  duty  he  owed  his  family,  ha  tried  whether  Lady  Greystock 
^%0ti1d  make  a  compromise  between  justice  and  aTarico,  and  afford 
bim  some  means  of  support.  Her  in»olence  and  inhumanity  shocked 
him  til  the  aonl ;  and  as  he  left  her  presence,  he  reNDlvcd  never  tu 
enter  It  ngaio.  or  apply  to  her:  this  last  resolution,  however,  only 
cDutinuod  till  the  distrcHs  of  bis  family  grew  so  great  as  to  threaten 
their  eiistonce,  particularly  that  of  bis  wife,  who,  overpowared  by 
grief,  had  Bunk  into  n  languiahing  illness,  which  every  day  increased 
for  want  of  proper  ussistanoo. 

In  hopes  of  procuring  her  some,  he  was  templed  again  to  apply  to 
Lady  Oreystock.  The  youth  and  innocence  of  his  daughter  would, 
be  thought,  if  anything  could  do  it,  soften  her  flinty  heart ;  l>esideB,  he 
believed  that  pleasure,  at  finding  his  pretensions  to  the  fortune  entirely 
withdrawn,  would  influence  her  to  administer  from  it  to  his  wants, 

"We  have,"  said  Miss  Rushbrook,  as  she  concluded  her  simple  oar- 
ration,  "  tried,  and  been  disappointed  in  our  last  resource :  what  will 
bacomc  of  us  I  know  not ;  we  have  long  been  strangers  to  the  com- 
furte.  but  even  the  necessaries  of  life  i[e  cannot  now  procure." 

"  Comfort,"  cried  Amanda,  "  often  arrives  when  least  expected :  to 
I  duEpair  ih  to  doubt  tlie  goodness  of  a  Being  who  has  promised  to  pru- 
It  all  bis  creatures." 
'  The  carriaf:e  had  now  reached  KcDBln^on.  and  withiu  «i  C««  i^^xi^a 


\ 


sen  ClIlLllllBN      QT      JItK       4BHKT 

of  Rnshbrook's  liabitalion,  Amanda  slept  it ;  she  twV  Misa  RiKb- 
brook's  baud,  and  oa  she  slipt  a  ten  pound  tiole  inUt  ft,  oiJ(uue«l.  ^I 
trnst  tbe  period  is  not  Jar  distaiit,  wlien  the  friendsliip  wo  h\K 
ouDceived  for  each  other,  ma;  be  cultivated  under  ni'iii.  fuflu-  '.U 

Miss  RaeLbrook  opened  the  folded  pnper;  she  started  nnd  "th« 
hectic  of  a  moment  flai-hed  her  cheek."  "Oh  t  loaOiuu,"  ihe  cr>«d, 
"  yonr  goodness — "  tears  impeded  her  further  utteranc*. 

"Do  not  distress  me,"  said  Amanda,  agnin  taking  her  hxai,  "by 
mentioning  such  a  trifle;  was  mj  ahility  equal  to  nij  incliD^tioD,  I 
should  blush  to  offer  it  to  yonr  acceptance:  an  It  i)^  consider  it  but  ■> 
the  foretaste  of  the  bounty  which  heaven  has,  I  doubt  not,  in  ^tore  fcrf 

She  then  desired  the  door  to  be  opened,  and  told  her  compaoitHt 
abe  would  no  longer  detain  her.  Hisa  Eushbrtiok  nfibctionotelj  Ussed 
ber  hand  and  eickimed,  "  You  look  like  an  a.igel,  imd  your  goodocM 
is  correspondent  to  your  loots,  I  will  not,  madnm,  ruftise  jour  bounty; 
I  accept  it  with  gratitude,  for  tliose  dearer  to  mo  tlinn  myself:  bat 
ah  I  may  I  not  indulge  a  hope  of  seeing  you  again  ?  yo<'  nro  so  kind. 
BO  gentle,  madam,  that  every  care  ia  lullt->'.  into  forgeifiti^Aw  whiLt 
conversing  with  you."  "  I  shall  certainly  see  you  ag>t><i  r>  coon  ■■ 
possible,"  replied  Amanda. 

Uisa  Rnshbrook  then  quitted  tbe  cAnitu'e,  witich  Aiiuo:(!h  ordered 
oaok  to  town,  and  bid  tbe  ooAchnau  drive  aa  fast  as  piissiUe.  Thef 
had  not  proceeded  far,  when  the  traces  anddcnly  gave  way ;  UiA  U>t 
man  was  obliged  to  dismount,  and  procuru  assistaoce  fiom  a  pnblia 
house  on  the  road,  in  repairing  tlieut.  Thi.i  occasioned  a  delsy, 
which  greatly  distressed  Amanda;  tJio  wished  greatly  to  get  boma 
before  the  ladies,  lest,  if  this  was  not  tbe  case,  her  long  abaeaoa 
should  mate  I*dy  Grcystoct,  who  was  remarkahlj  inqnisitiT^ 
inquire  the  reason  of  it;  and  to  tell  her  she  hod  a  strong  objection, 
convinced  as  slie  was,  that  her  ladyship's  knoiving  she  relieved 
uhjerta  so  ciiremely  disagreeable  to  lier  would  occasion  a  quarrel 
Vietween  tJiem,  which  would  either  render  a  long  ree(d..nce  together 
imp<issible,  or  highly  disagreeable ;  and  to  leave  Ixindoc  at  tlio  pre^ 
ent  crisis,  when  everything  relative  to  Loid  M<irtiraer  was  drawing 
to  a  conclusion,  was  not  to  be  thought  of  wilhont  l)i?  grcaleft  jiEln. 

At  length  tbe  coachman  remounted  his  boT,  er.d  the  vclndty  wltt 
ivhioh  lie  drove  fluttered  ber  with  the  hnpe  nf  reric>i!iig  h"Wi  •!•  lUufl 


aa  flhe  wiih»l,  Traoinillized  by  this  hope,  she  again  indulfted  hei 
iriiaginBtiuQ  nitb  ideas  of  the  comfort  her  little  bouatj  hrid  probably 
given  RnslibrooW  anil  his  deJMted  family;  so  sweet  to  lier#)til  waa 
the  necret  approbation  which  crowned  her  charity,  so  preferable  tu 
any  pleasure  she  could  have  experienced  at  a  ball,  that  even  tha  dis- 
appointment *h«  bolievod  Lord  Mortimer  wonld  feel  from  her  declin- 
ing it,  vaa  overliHikud  in  the  Batisfaction  she  felt  from  the  action  aha 
performed.  She  wm  coiivinced  he  wonld  inquire  her  reason  for  not 
going,  which  slie  determined  at  preaont  to  conceal ;  it  wonld  appear 
like  ostentation,  she  ilionght,  to  say  that  the  money  requisite  for  her 
appearing  at  t1i«  ball  was  expended  in  charity,  and  iierhaps  eicil«  hia 
generosity,  in  a  maimer  which  delicacy  at  present  forbid  her 
allowing. 

She  asked  the  footinon  who  handed  her  from  the  carriage  whether 
the  ladies  were  returned ;  and,  on  being  answered  in  the  afSrmatdv«, 
Inquired  the  liuur,  and  learned  it  woajnst  dinner  time.  Flnrried  by 
this  intelligeoco,  alie  hastened  to  her  ohamher,  followed  by  the  maid 
uppolnt«d  to  attend  her,  wlio  said  Lady  Greystock  had  inquired  for 
hur  as  aoon  as  she  come  home.  Amandu  dressed  herself  with  nnnsoal 
expedition,  and  rciuured  to  the  drawing-room,  where,  in  addition  to 
the  family  party,  she  found  Loi'd  Mortimer,  Freelove,  Misa  Malcolm, 
and  some  other  lailiea  and  gentlemen,  assembled. 

"  Bless  me,  diild,"  said  Lady  Greystock,  the  niomoot  she  entered  the 
room,  "  wlierc  have  you  been  the  whole  day  1" 

"I  deolore,  Misa  Fitialan,"  exclaimed  l«dy  Euphrasia,  "I  believe 
yon  stole  a  march  somewhere  upon  as  this  morning." 

"'Weil,"  cried  Mi&s  Malcolm,  laughing,  "your  ladyship  must  know 
that  people  gcncrnl^  have  some  important  reason  for  stolen  marchei, 
which  they  do  not  clmose  to  divulge." 

Amanda  treated  this  malicious  insinuation  with  the  silent  oontempl 
it  merited  :  and  on  Lady  Greystock's  again  asking  lier  where  she  bad 
been,  said  in  a  low,  hesitating  voice,  "  In  the  city." 

"In  the  city?"  repeated  Lord  Mortimer. 

Tbia  sudden  exclamation  startled  her;  she  leoked  at  him.  and  per- 
ceived bim  rogardini;  her  with  the  most  Bcrutinizirg  eagerness.     She 
lilu«he<l  deeply,  as  if  detected  in  a  falsehood,  and  immediately  bent 
bcr  eyes  to  the  ground. 
"TTbe  oonveraatinn  now  changed,  but  it  was  some  time  ere  Amanda'a 
pftinnn  iubaided. 


Lord  Murt  m  d    d   h  d  Tor  bin  oiclamation  eLe  liHle 

tliuught  (jf.ii  llhdtntbni      U    iie»s  and  her  ooiupBitiaiu,  \if 
■[ipointment     t  th  L  t  (w,        grew  weary  of  his  aiuistion, 

which  (he  p  f  Am     d  Id     lona  have  rendered  tolerRUfu      I 

IIo  pleaded  1)  as  ra  f      withdrawiDg,  and   hurraing  J 

home,  ordered  hia  phstoD,  and  proceeded  tuwardH  KensingUin.     A*    | 
he  passed  the  carriage  in  which  Ainanda  sat,  nt  Uie  time  the  trkcw 
■acre  luending,  be  carelcsalj  looked  into  it,  nod  directly  recogniECd 
her.     Larly  Euphraaia  hnd  informed  him  libe  excused  herBoIf  from 
their  party  un  account  uf  eonie  Iiuainens  in  the  city.    He  never  beard 
of  her  having  any  acquaJnuinceB  in  or  about  Kensington,  and  waa  at 
onci  alarmed  and  eurprised  by  discovering  her.     He  drove  to  aOBM    ' 
distunoe  from  the  carriage,  and  as  soon  as  il  began  to  move  puraued    ' 
it  with  equal  velocity  till  it  reached  town,  and  then  giving;  his  phi^ 
ton  ia  charge  of  the  servant,  followed  it  un  foot  till  he  saw  Am&ad^    I 
alight  from  it  at  the  Marquis  uf  Rosline's.     Amanda  had  escaped    I 
ieeing   hie  lordship,  by  a   profound   meditation  in  which   she  wu    | 
engaged  at  the  moment,  as  she  pensively  leaned  against  the  aide  of 
the  cnrringe.     Lord  Mortimer  walked  back  with  increased  disorder  ta 
ipniached  it  he  saw  Colnnel  Bel) 


Ltdj  Oreystock  and  Lad;  Eof hrasia  dwelt  vrith  wonder  on  the 
length  of  Aniandn's  morniDg  oxenrsion.  When  she  entered  Che  room, 
he  tliought  she  appeared  embarrassed ;  and  that  on  Lady  Grejstook'a 
addressing  her,  this  embarrassment  increased;  bat  when  she  said  she 
Lad  been  in  the  cit;,  her  doplicitj,  as  he  termed  it,  a|)|>eared  to 
monsti-ous  to  him,  that  lie  conid  not  forbear  an  Jnvoliintar;  repetition 
of  her  words;  Bo  great  indeed  was  the  indignation  it  excited  in  bis 
breast,  tliat  he  coidd  ecaroel;  forbear  reproaching  lier  ns  the  destroyer 
of  liis  and  her  own  felicity.  Tier  blush  appesrod  to  him,  not  ths 
ingcDQDUs  colouring  of  inoocence,  bat  the  glow  of  shame  and  guilt. 
It  was  evident  to  him  that  she  had  seen  Bcigraro  that  morning ;  that 
ho  was  tlie  occasion  of  all  tlie  mystery  which  appeared  in  her 
couihict,  and  that  it  was  tlie  knowledge  of  llie  improper  influence  he 
bad  over  lier  heart,  which  made  Sir  Cliarlea  Bingley  so  suddenly 
resign  her. 

"Griicioiis  heaven  I"  said  he  to  himself,  "who  Ihat  looked  npon 
AmoniLi,  could  ever  suppose  duplicity  harboured  in  her  breast;  yet 
that  too  surely  it  is,  1  have  every  reason  to  suppose ;  yet  ■  little 
longer  I  will  bear  this  tormenting  suspense,  nor  reveal  my  duubtd,  till 
thoroughly  convinced  tliey  are  well  founded. 

no  sat  opposite  to  her  at  dinner,  and  his  eyes  were  directed 
towards  her  with  that  tender  sadness  wliicb  we  feel  on  viewing  k 
beloved    object  we    know  ourselves    on    the  point  of  losing  for 

Hia  melancholy  was  quickly  perceived  by  the  penetrating  march- 
ioness and  Lady  Enphraaia;  they  saw  with  delight  tiiat  the  poison  of 
suspicion  infused  into  his  mind,  was  already  beginning  lu  oiicrate ; 
they  anticipated  the  success  of  all  their  schemes ;  their  spirita  grew 
uncommonly  elevated,  and  Lady  Kuphra.'^iB  determined,  whenever 
she  hud  the  power,  to  revenge  on  the  susceptible  nature  of  Uortimer, 
nil  Ilie  uneasiness  he  had  made  her  suffer :  and  to  add,  as  far  as  malic« 
could  add  to  it,  to  the  misery  about  tu  be  the  lot  of  Amanda. 

The  dejection  of  Lord  Mortimer  was  also  observed  by  Amanda;  it 
CTrited  her  fears  and  affected  her  Hensibility ;  she  dreaded  that  his 
hunt  had  reCiised  complying  with  his  request  relative  to  her  interfe- 
rence with  hia  father,  or  that  the  earl  had  been  urging  him  to  an 
iininediaie  union  with  Lady  Euphrasia:  [lerbaps  he  now  wavered 
nlnve  and  duty:  the  thought  struck  a  cold  damp  upon  he" 


384  cuiLDRBN    or    THE    miiBr. 

heart— jet  do,  cried  she,  it  oftanot  be;  If  iuolioixl  u  ohuigo,  Loti 
Uurtimer  would  at  once  hare  infunueJ  me. 

Id  the  evoniDg  Ibere  v«s  a  large  sdiliLion  to  the  part;,  but  Loft^ 
Uortimer  bM  pensivotj  apart  trom  tbo  oompan;.  Amanda  b;  vIib) 
procured  a  seat  next  hia.  His  paleness  alarmed  ber,  and  ahe  oodl 
uul  Tiirbear  hintiog  her  t'oars  that  be  va»  JU. 

"  I  am  ill  indeed,"  said  he  heavily : — be  looked  at  ber  as  he  tpoM 
and  belield  her  regarding  him  with  the  most  eiquiaite  teuiicroMi 
hut  tbe  period  was  past  for  reoeiring  deli^^t  from  suoh  an  app^arani 
of  alFectioD ;  an  alftiotioD  be  bad  reason  U>  believe  was  never  moi 
than  feigned  for  bim;  and  a!»o  from  his  eiuotiooB  irhen  witlitu 
that  he  should  never  ceece  regretting  tbe  deception; 
eihaosted  by  thur  own  violeaoe,  had  anuk  into  a  calm,  and  aaitiM 
was  tbe  preduminaal  feeling  of  his  soul.  Though  he  « 
Iniuented,  he  could  not  at  tlie  moment  have  reproached  hor  portal 
lie  gazed  on  her  with  moomt^l  tendernen,  and  to  tbe  lovoluotir^^ 
exprcgaioo  of  regret  wbioh  dropped  from  her,  on  hearing  he  waal 
only  replied,  by  saying,  "Ah I  Amanda,  the  man  thai  really  «s«M 
yunr  tenderness  must  he  happy." 


CBiLi>HK>     tir    \  a  r.     abbkt.  CS5 

Lftdy  Enphrasi*  conld  lali  of  uotbing  elsu  but  the  apprt^ohing  enter- 
Iniuinent,  wljich  she  said  was  uipected  to  be  the  moat  brilliant  thiug 
thai  had  been  givea  that  niattr. 

"I  hope  your  Indjahip,"  said  Amanda,  who  had  not  yet  declared 
her  intention  of  staying  at  home,  "  v\]X  be  able  to  give  a  good 
^eecriptioD  of  ii." 

"Wh/,  1  unppose,"  pried  Lady  Euphrasia,  "yon  do  not  intend 
going  wiOioul  being  able  to  see  and  hear  yonreelf." 

"  Certainly,"  replied  Amanda,  "  I  should  not,  bnt  I  do  not  intend 
ecting." 

■■  Not  go  to  tho  ball  ti>-niglit !"  eiclaimed  Lady  Enphrnsia. 

"Uless  me,  c!ii;i!,"  said  Lady  Grej'stock,  "wliat  whim  haa  entered 
your  head  to  prevent  yoor  going !" 

"  Dear  Ijidy  Greystdck,"  said  I^dy  Euphrasia,  in  a  tone  of  nmunal 
good  hnmonr,  internnlly  delighted  at  Amanda'*  resolution,  "don't 
trazo  Uiiis  Jitzalun  with  questions." 

And  yon  really  do  not  go?"  eiclaimed  Lord  Mortimer  iu  an 
int  eipressiro  of  auqirise  aud  disappoiutment." 
I  really  do  not,  my  lord." 

"I  dudarci,"  said  the  mnrcliione^is,  even  more  delighted  than  her 
daughter  nt  Amanda's  resolution,  as  it  fayonred  a  scheme  she  had 
long  boon  projecting,  "I  with  Euphrasia  was  as  inditftrent  about 
amusement  as  Miss  Fitzalan :  here  she  liaa  been  complaining  of  indis* 
position  the  wliole  morning,  yet  1  cannot  preTail  on  her  to  give  np 
the  ball." 

Lady  Euphrasia.  w!jo  never  felt  in  better  health  and  spirits,  would 
have  coDtmilloted  llio  ninrcl lioness,  had  not  an  expressive  glance 
assured  her  there  was  an  important  motive  for  this  assertion. 

"May  wecothope,  IDsfl  Fitzolun,"  said  Lord  Mortimer,  "that  a 
resolution  bo  suddenly  adopted  as  youra,  may  he  as  suddenly 
changed )" 

"  Nu,  indeed,  my  lord,  nor  is  it  so  suddenly  formed  aa  you  seem  to 
suppose." 

Liird  Mortimer  shuddered,  as  he  endeavored  to  account  for  it  in 
hi*  own  mind ;  bis  agony  became  almost  insupportable :  he  arose  nnd 
walked  to  the  window  where  she  sat, 

Amanda,"  said  he  in  a  low  voioa,  "  I  fear  you  forgot  your  engage- 


Amanda,  sappostog  this  ulliidud  to  her  engagement  fur  the  U^^ 
replied,  "she  had  ni>t  forgotten  it." 

''For  your  inability,  or  disiuclioalion  to  fal51  it  then,"  said  lia,    I 
"  will  jou  not  account  I" 

"Most  willingly,  my  lord." 

"WhiMi!"  asked  Lord  Mortimer,  iinpationtly,  for  niuiMe  longer  to 
support  Lis  torturing  suspense,  lie  determined,  contrary  Ut  hla  flnt 
intention,  to  come  to  an  imiuediate  eiplanatii  n  relative  to  Belgrava. 

"  To-morrow,  my  lord,"  replied  Amanda,  "  ehice  yon  desire  it,  I 
will  account  fur  not  keeping  my  engagement,  nnd  1  trust,"  a  mudeit 
blush  inoutliug  her  cheela  us  she  spolie,  "  that  your  lordship  will  mil  J 
disapprove  of  my  reasons  for  declining  it," 

The  peculiar  earnestness  of  his  words,  T^rd  Mortimer  imis^ne^ 
had  conveyed  tlieir  real  meaning  to  Amanda. 

"  Till  to-morrow,  Uieo,"  sighed  be  heavily,  "1  must  heex  my  lUl 
quietude." 

His  regret,  Amanda  supposed,  proceeded  from  (lisn]i]ii>liiimi;!it  ■ 
not  having  her  company  at  the  ball;  slie  was  ti.itt'-'rcd  by  it,  u^ 
pleased  at  the  idea  of  telling  him  her  real  motive  for  ii'it  going; 


CHILL.KBS      ur      IHfc      ABBKr.  BS? 

M1U7  when  a  sndilec  noise  maile  her  hastily  ttirn  her  head,  anil  with 
eqiiul  Lurror  and  surprise,  Hhe  bebeld  Colonel  B'Aff^va  coiuiu); 
brword.  8be  atart«d  op,  and  was  springing  to  the  door,  when  rusli* 
ing  between  hor  and  it  he  caught  her  in  hia  arma,  and  forcing  her 
back  to  the  sofa,  rudely  stopped  licr  month. 

"  Neither  cries  nor  struggles,  Amanda,"  said  h«,  '  will  he  availing ; 
withoQt  tlie  assistance  of  a  friend,  yon  may  he  oonvinced,  1  could  not 
Lave  entered  this  bonse ;  and  the  some  friend  will,  you  may  de]>end 
on  it,  take  care  that  onr  t^[e-il-tete,  is  not  intemipled." 

Amanda  shuddered  at  the  idea  of  treachery,  and  being  convinced, 
fKini  nhiit  be  said,  ebe  could  not  eipect  assistance,  endeavoured  to 
recover  Ler  fainting  B])irit8,  and  exert  all  her  resolution. 

"  Your  BcNeme,  Colonel  Belgrave,"  said  she,  "  is  equally  vile  and 
fiiUle;  tliongh  treachery  may  have  brought  you  hitber,  you  tnust  be 
oonvinfod,  that  u1.1I.  r  the  Marqois  of  Roeline's  roof,  who  by  relation- 
ship a»  well  as  hospitality,  is  hound  to  protect  me,  yon  dare  nnt, 
with  iiiipiiuily,  o<T>ir  me  any  insult.  The  caarquia  will  be  at  borne 
itu mediate'; ;  if  therefore  you  wish  to  preserve  the  sembhmce  of 
honour,  retire  withoat  further  delay." 

"Not  to  retire  so  ea.«!y,"  exclaimed  Belgrave,  "did  1  take  soch 
pains,  or  watch  so  anxiously  for  this  interview.  Fear  not  any  insidt; 
lull  till  I  bftve  revealed  the  purpose  of  my  soul,  I  will  not  be  forced 
Truin  you;  icy  love,  or  ratlier  adoration,  has  known  no  abatement 
Ly  yonr  Ion;;  concealment;  and  now  that  chance  has  so  happily 
Ihrqjrn  you  it.  my  way,  I  will  not  neglect  using  an  opportunity  it 
may  offer." 

"Graciooa  heavensl"  si^d  Amanda,  while  her  eyes  flashed  with 
indignation,  "bow  can  you  have  the  effrontery  Iji  avuwyour  innolcnt 
fntoiitions;  intentions  which,  long  since,  you  must  have  known  would 
e«'?r  pn)ve  abortive  I" 

"And  why,  my  Amanda,"  said  he,  again  attempting  to  strain  hiT 
to  his  hreai>b,  while  she  ahronk  from  his  grasp,  "why  shoold  tliey 
prove  aoorfcTut  why  should  you  be  obstinate  in  refusing  wealth, 
tiappinera,  the  lincere,  the  ardent  afiections  of  a  man,  who  in  pro- 
moting your  felicity,  would  conatilute  hia  own  t  My  life,  my  fortune, 
vroul'l  beat  your  command;  my  elemal  gratitude  would  be  yoora  for 
«ny  trl&ng  sacrifice  the  world  might  think  yon  made  me;  heeitate 
•jj  loQitar  about  rju'sing  yourwlf  to  sfflnenw.  which,  t 


■pint  like  yonrs,  must  be  so  peooliArlj  pleabing:  Ilesitats  not  ta 
luleijeiidence  to  your  Iktiier,  promotiuo  to  your  LirutLer;  and 
he  assured  it  the  connection  I  funned  ie  an  ill-l'al«d  bonr,  deceived 
by  ft  sp«ciuu!i  iL|>eariLnce  uf  pertectioo,  elioold  ever  be  di^Hilvei),  mj 
hunrl,  like  my  Lcart,  sliali  be  yours." 

"MoQStfirl"  exy'.uimed  Amanda,  beholding  him  wiUi  borror,  "yonr 
biuid,  WHS  it  at  yonr  disposal,  like  yoiir  ulLier  offers,  I  ahoiild  (porB 
with  contempt;  cease  to  torment  nie,"  slio  contiunml,  "leat,  in  luj 
nirn  defence,  1  call  upon  those  wlko  have  power,  ae  well  as  inclinv 
don,  to  cha^lise  yonr  iowleoce.  Let  this  consideration,  joined  to  the 
certainty  that  your  pursuit  muat  ever  prove  unavailing,  iiiflueuoa 
yonr  fotnre  actions :  for  be  assured  that  you  are  in  every  respect,  U 
object  of  abhorrence  to  mj  soul." 

As  ihe  spoke,  exerting  all  ber  strength,  site  burst  from  bjm  and 
attempted  to  gain  the  door.  He  flung  himsdf  between  tier  and  il^ 
his  tiLce  inflsmed  with  passion,  and  darting  the  m»!it  uialigDatit 
giauces  at  ber. 

Terrified  by  his  looks  Amanda  tried  to  avoid  hitit,  and  when  Ii« 
caoght  her  again  in  his  sj-ms,  she  Bcreamed  aloud: — no  oat 
appeared: — ber  terror  increased, 

"Oh  Belgravel"  cried  she,  treinbUng,  "if  you  have  one  priadplc 
of  honour,  one  feeling  of  humanity  remaining,  retire:  I  will  pardoB 
and  ooncea]  what  ia  past,  if  you  comply  with  my  refjuest," 

"I  distress  yon,  Amanda,"  said  he,  assuming  a  softened  accent^ 
"and  it  wounds  me  to  the  soul  to  do  bo,  though  you,  cruel  and  inex- 
orable, care  not  what  pain  you  occasion  me;  hear  me  cnlmly,  and  b« 
assured,  I  shall  attempt  no  action  which  can  offend  you." 

Be  led  her  again  to  the  so&,  and  tbns  contiuoed. 

"  Uisled  by  false  viewe,  you  shun  and  deteat  the  only  man  who  hai 
faiul  suffieient  eiuLerity  to  declare  openly  hiii  intentions ;  ineiperienoa 
and  orednlity  have  already  made  you  a  dope  to  artifice.  Yon  imagined 
Sir  Charles  Bitigley  was  a  fervent  admirer  of  yonra,  when  be  assured, 
in  following  you,  he  only  obeyed  the  dictaUa  of  an  egregious  vanity, 
which  flattered  him  with  the  hope  of  gdning  your  regard,  attd  being 
distinguished  by  it ;  nothing  was  farther  from  his  thoughts,  aa  b« 
himself  confessed  to  me,  than  seriously  paying  his  addressee  to  yon, 
and  had  yon  appeared  williog,  at  laat,  to  accept  them,  be  assured  h" 
would  soon  hare  contrived  some  scheme  to  disengage  himself  froiB 


s  uf  I>urd  Uurlitiicr  Drc  jironipled  bj  ■  inQtWe 
much  more  dangerous  lliiui  UiaC  which  instigated  Sir  Clinrkn ;  lie 
reallf  admireB  jon,  and  would  have  yon  UelicTe  hia  riewa  nro 
hoQuursUe ;  bnt,  beware  of  his  duplicity,  ho  seeks  to  toko  julvaiilage 
of  the  tiH)  i^reat  cuofideiK^e  jon  repose  in  hiin  :  his  ptirjiusc  unco 
uccomplialirU,  lie  would  t^c^rifice  jrou  bi  Lady  Euplirosia:  auO  I  kiiuw 
enough  of  her  malevolent  dis pool tion  to  be  convimx-J  hIio  wouUleiijuj 
her  lriuiu|)li  over  eo  luvely  a  vii'iiiti.  All!  my  dear  Amanda,  evc-ti 
beauty  and  elegance,  like  youra,  would  iiui,  od  tlie  generality  of  iiiaii- 
Idud,  have  power  to  make  Ihem  lurego  the  odTantogei  annexed  to 
wealth;  on  Ltird  Uurliraor,  particularly,  they  would  fail  of  tliat 
effect:  hia  ambitiou  tutd  avarice  arecqual  to  hiafatber'a;  and  though 
his  heart  and  soul,  I  am  oonfident,  revolt  from  the  person  and  mind 
of  Lady  Eophrasia,  be  will  niiile  himself  to  her,  for  the  sake  of  pw- 
ttessing  her  furtane,  and  tliua  increasing  his  own  power  of  prouD- 
riiig  the  gratili cations  he  delights  in. — As  luy  fiituaCion  is  luiown,  I 
cannot  he  accused  of  deception,  and  whatever  1  pronii^o  will  ho 
strictly  IMfiUod:  deliberate  therefore  no  longer,  my  Amanda,  on  the 
course  yon  ftball  pnrsoe." 
"  No,"  cried  sbt,  '  1  eiiall  indewl  no  longer  deUberate  about  it." 
As  she  spoke,  si.e  iituni.-4l  trom  her  seat. — Belgrave  again  siezed  her 
hand.  At  this  moment  a  knocliisg  was  heard  at  the  hall  door, 
which  echoed  through  the  bouse.  Amanda  trembled,  and  Uelgrave 
paused  in  a  speech  be  had  begno.  She  Bupposed  the  marquis  bad 
retorned:  it  was  improbable  he  woold  come  into  that  room;  and 
(ircn  if  be  di<],  from  his  ilistnialfiil  and  malignant  temper  slie  knew 
not  whetlier  she  would  have  reason  to  rejoice  or  regret  his  presuuCM^. 
But  how  great  was  her  confu=ii)n,  when  instead  of  Ids  voice, 
kIic  heard  thoae  of  the  iiiarubioness  And  Jier  party.  In  a  moment 
the  dreadful  con30i|uencit3  whidi  might  enaite  from  her  present 
situation,  rushed  ujHjn  btr  mind.— Ity  the  forced  attentions  of 
the  marchioness  and  Lady  Euplirasia,  she  was  not  long  deceived,  and 
Itad  reason  to  beheve,  from  tlie  inTettrnte  dhJike  they  bore  her,  timt 
they  would  rejoice  at  an  opijortonity  like  tlie  present  for  tradu- 
cing her  fonie;  and  with  horror  she  saw  that  appearances  even  in  the 
''yes  of  candour,  would  he  against  her.  She  had  positively  and  unci- 
inctedly  refuied  going  to  the  ball:  she  had  ezprest  delight  ai  the 
ilka  of  stnyiug  at  home.  Ahis  I  woold  not  all  these  oircumstoticn  b» 


21MJ  c  u  1  L  u  B  E  s    or    r  n  1-    ,i  ii  b  K  t . 

dwelt  ill.'..li;     Wl.nt  iilfii-  '.il-lit  ll,.-y  m>w  .-(i  ii...  il  l/.r.i  Mortiuwr, 
■who  alroadj-  sliowed  a  tendency  to  jealouay  t 

IlfLlf  ^Tilll  at  the  idea,  ebe  clasped  ber  handa  together,  and  sid^^ 
ed  iua  v>iicc  tremliliDg  with  angniah,  " Meniifiil  hMTMi  I  sn  nlMi 

"  No,  no,"  cried  Delgrave,  flinging  hitnwif  at  her  ttdt,  "pnAoo 
inc,  Amarid.t,  and  1  never  more  will  molest  yua;  I  Ms  7007  |iiliBi1[iw 
areiavir.cible:  [admire,  I  revere  yoar  pnriQ',  and  nerar  Duvt  wJD  I 
attempt  to  injure  it ;  1  was  on  the  point  of  ^*fl'iT*''g  ao,  irtMD  ttt 
cnned  knock  came  to  the  door ;  oompose  TDimdf ,  and  oonridir^ThA 
can  be  done  in  the  present  emergency;  70V  irUl  be  rained  If  I  wm 
seen  with  yon;  the  malidoDS  devjta  yon  five  irith,  wonld  lOT* 
believe  OQT  united  aaBeverationa  of  yonr  inoooenoe :  eonoed  nw  Umw- 
fore,  if  possilile,  till  the  family  are  settled :  the  penon  who  let  nw  ti^ 
will  then  Becure  my  retreat,  and  I  swear  solemnly  never  man  to 
trouble  you." 

AinaTxIa  liGsJtated  between  the  cunfldenoe  tier  inBOoeitae  inqifaied^ 
and  lltc  drrnd  of  the  unpleasant  conatmctioD  malioemi^tptit«aber 


I 


When  I  rfturoed  Louie  ulmtiC  lui  hoar  ago,  I  seut  to  rcqacat  her 
Mmpuij  ia  tbe  parlour,  which  bonour,  1  assiiro  you,  I  wna  refosod.'- 

Tbe  mesaagv  indeed  hod  been  sent,  bttl  never  delivered  lo  Aniauda. 

"  1  assure  yoa,  my  lord,"  said  alie,  "  I  have  heard  of  no  such 
vsqaest." 

And  praj  child,  how  hare  yon  been  employed  all  this  licieJ" 
artkcd  Lady  Greyjjtock. 

"  In  readiitg,  iniultiin,"  fanltered  out  Amanda,  while  her  dealli-lilce 
poleneas  was  suooe^ded  by  a  deep  bluali. 

"Yon  are  oeiioinly  ill,"  said  Lord  Mortimer,  wlio  sat  beside  her 
ill  a  voice  expresMive  of  regret  at  the  convicliun:  "yoo  liave  been 
indulging  inelanoLoly  ideoii,  1  tsAt"  continued  he  solUy,  and  taking 
h(rr  hand,  "  for  surely — surely  to-night  yon  are  Dncommonly  affected.'' 

Amanda  attempted  to  speak :  Ihe  contending  einoIIuDS  of  her  mind 
[irevMited  her  ntterance,  and  the  tears  trioLled  tdlentty  down  her 
cheeka.  Lord  Mortimer  saw  she  wished  to  avoid  notice,  yet  scarcely 
could  he  forbear  requeeliog  some  B«8)Btance  for  her. 

Lady  Euphrasia  now  complained  of  a  violent  head-ache ;  the  mar- 
chioneiM  wanted  to  ring  for  her  reiiiodice:  tliis  Lady  Eiiphravia 
opposed;  at  lB«t,as  if  sTiddenly  recollecting  it,  she  said,  "in  the  doset 
there  was  a  buttle  of  eao-de-luoe,  which  she  was  certain  would  be  of 
service  lo  her." 

At  the  mention  of  the  closet,  the  blood  ran  cold  throngh  the  veina 
of  Amanda;  bat  when  she  sow  Lady  EapliraslB  rise  to  enter  it,  had 
death  in  its  moat  frightful  form  stared  her  in  the  fsoe,  she  oonld 
not  have  betrayed  more  horror.  She  looked  lowanls  it  with  ■ 
countenance  as  ext>re«sive  of  wild  affright,,  as  Macbeth's  when  vieW' 
ing  the  chtur,  on  which  the  spectre  of  the  murdered  Bonqno  nat. 
Lord  Mortimer  observing  the  disordur  of  her  looks,  began  to  tremble ; 
he  grasped  her  hand  with  a  convulsive  motion,  and  exclaimed 
"Amanda,  wliat  means  this  agitation?" 

A  Icmd  scream  from  Lady  Euphrasia  broke  upon  their  oars,  and 
(be  nisbed  from  the  closet,  followed  by  Belgrave. 

Oracious  heavens!"  eicl^med  Lord  Mortimer,  dropping  Aman- 
hand,  and  rising  precipitately. 

Amanda  looked  aronnil— «lie  beheld  every  eye  fasteneil  on  hi^i 
amazement  and  contempt;  the  shock  was  too  much  for  bee  Xci 
confiuecl  idea  ihirtud  into  ber  qiind,  that  a  deep-laid  flot 


904  cuiLUKXN    or   the   Asaar. 

jonr  eMiduct,  is  here  required.    I  lure  D»ltb«r  ri^t  aor  lufiariliB 

to  interfeni  ia  Mui  FiUiJiUi's  coDcenut." 

Tiie  colooe.  bowed  to  tbe  circle  and  wm  iniiring,  whta  4-y^ 
flew  to  biin  aud  canglit  his  ann.  "  Snrelj,  Mmlj,"  add  tbm,  alnoM 
gaiiliiDg  for  brealJi,  "  joti  cannot  be  to  '"''"""■'i  M  to  nttn  vi^hMU 
exjilaiiiing  tbig  whole  a^r.  Oh  I  Belgnve,  1mt0  BW  not  s  pr^  li 
ulaudur ;  by  all  your  hope*  of  mtxvy  sad  fiu^veaM*  heraillMr,  I  m^ 
jure  jou  to  clear  my  &nie." 

"  My  deur  creatnre,"  said  he  in  a  low  voice,  jet  lond  «Doa^  ti  bi 
heard  by  the  whole  party,"  any  thing  I  conld  ny  would  be  van^ 
iiig ;  you  find  they  are  detemined  not  to  wtt  thing*  In  tha  U^U  v* 
wIkIi  tbeiii  viewed ;  compose  yonraelf,  I  beaeaoli  ysQ,  and  b«  aMm^ 
witilc  1  ciist,  you  never  slioll  want  comfort  or  offlnenoa." 

Ifc  gvotly  dihengnged  himself  as  tie  spoke,  and  qidtted  tha  m^ 
leaving  ber  riveted  to  the  floor  in  amMftmnnt  at  hit  Intnhnna  wj 
perfidy, 

"I  am  Bure,"  said  I^y  Greyatock,  "I  ahall  r^rot  all  my  liktka 
hour  in  wliicb  I  took  licr  under  ray  protection:  tboo^  tatdaad,  ftoH 
ivhol   I  lienrd  mum  adtr  uiy  ai'nvul  in  Loudon,  1  sbmild  Iiave  dis- 


*  It  niar,  lioiver^r,*'  eaji  Aiiiaiiclu,  "  ha  J'et  revivoil,  lu  ni\tr  iviUi 
iQUiit'nsiiiQ  ita  ctiDtrivcca:  U>  bcaveii  I  tuava  tha  viudiculiuu  of  iny 
IniiocaDoe;  iu  jiUitioii  ie  Hure,  liiuu^li  suineUiuos  slow,  and  tiie  Lour 
f  retnbutiun  often  urivce  when  knU  exiwcted:  mucli  as  I  haro 
:ifiiffertsl — much  M  I  may  still  sutler,  I  tliiuk  my  own  situaliun  pre- 
1b»bte  to  tliein,  who  bare  set  tLeir  snores  smund  me:  iLe  injarer 
*SKiNt  reoetre  greflter  ji&ngs  tLon  the  ii^ured — tlie  pangs  of  guilt  and 
fCiuorse.  I  aliall  return  tu  my  obscniiCy,  happy  in  the  ounsuionsneKa, 
I  not  a  shelter  frum  shame,  but  a  refuge  from  cruelty  I  seek : 
'lurt  eaa  I  be  rarjirieed  at  meeting  cruelty  frcMn  those,  who  liave  long 
«  waved  ilia  tks  of  kindred ; — from  those,"  and  she  glanced  at 
■dy  Greystock,  "  wbu  liave  set  aside  the  claims  of  jiutk-e  and 
IpwuMntCy." 

I    Hie  morcliionesg  trembled  with  rage  at  tbiti  >i£icei.'li,  nml  us  Amanda 
IMred  tVoin  tbe  room,  excbiimed,  "  Intolerable  assoriiuue." 
*    Amanda  re[)ajred  immediately  to  her  chamber;  she  l(itL(^rcd  as  slie 
iMked,  anil  Uie  boiisekae]ier  aud  Urs.  Jane,  who,  with  some  utber 

Rvonts,  had  Odsembieil,  out  of  eurioaity,  near  \he  door,  fulluivcd  her 
ther. 

Tlie  emotiwis  s1i«  liod  so  jmisftiUy  supprcst,  now  burst  fiTtli  wiib 
loltHiM;  fhs  fell  into  an  Bgony  of  tears  and  sobs,  whith  iuipedeil 
er  breathing.  The  housekeeper  and  Jane  loosened  lior  cloiheK,  and 
npported  her  to  the  beiL  In  n  short  time  she  waa  sulBcienlly 
•ecrered  to  be  able  to  sjieak,  and  requested  they  would  engage  a 
krriage  tiir  ber  against  the  ncit  day,  at  an  early  hour,  tliat  she  tuiglit 
tonmu,iu!e  her  Journey  to  Ireland;  this  they  protuisvu,  and  at  her 

f  6uce«ss,  and  not  lta;>pino>ui,  liad  crowned  the  marchioness's  schemft; 
B  trinmphed  in  the  disgrace  slie  had  drawn  npon  Amanda,  but 
ired  that  disgraoe  was  only  temporary ;  she  had  entaogled  her  id  a 
Bifv,  1)nt  dreaded  doI  having  secured  lier  in  it ;  slie  diutrujlod  those 
i>  Itad  asattod  ber  dnigns,  for  tlie  guilty  will  ever  suspect  earh 
pr;  they  mi(:ht  hetmy  her.  i.r  Colonel  Belgrave  might  repent;  but 
iith  evils,  if  lliey  did  ever  Hriive.  were  probably  fur  distant;  iu  the 
erim,  all  she  deTircd  tu  ai!<'ouiplish,  might  be  etivciwl.  Long  had 
I  beat  nteditating  an  soma  plan,  whtcli  should  ruin  Amanda 
ever,  not  only  in  the  oyiininn  of  Li>nl  MoHiiuer,  hut  in  Ibe  rstima- 
D  ..r  the  woriii.     With  the  profliga/-y  of  Cnhui.-l  I1.4-r^ivo  fbL-  ww 


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ABBBT. 


well  Bcqnainted,  and  iaclined  from  it  to  beliere,  that  he  woeU 
readily  Join  in  anj  scLeme  which  oonld  give  him  ■  chanes  (tf  po^ 
ffesing  Amanda.  On  diBcovering  lier  roaidenoe,  he  bad  orderad  Ul 
valet,  who  waa  a  tnuty  agent  in  all  his  rillatuea,  to  endeavor  to  gkb 
tuxQsa  to  the  home,  that  he  might  disoover  whether  fher*  •wtti  I 
chance  of  introdocing  him  there.  Tite  valet  obeyed  hla  ordea^  Mid 
Koon  attached  himself  to  Urs.  Jane,  whom  the  marohionMB  hafi 
placed  about  Amanda,  from  knowing  ahe  wak  oapahls  of  waj 
deoeiiful  part.  She  waa  introduced  to  Belgrav<^  and  a  bandaoom 
proseut  aecared  her  in  Ids  interest. 

She  comtnimicaled  to  the  marchioneaa  partianlara  d  Quit  Inter 
view :  from  that  period  they  tiad  been  seeking  to  Mng  about  anoh  fe 
Bcone  OS  was  at  lost  acted ;  for  the  conduct  of  Amanda  bad  bllliarto 
defeated  their  attention.  Her  staying  from  the  ball  at  l»t  gare  th* 
wished  for  opportanity. 

Lady  Euplirasia  was  apprized  of  the  whole  plot,  and  the  hint  flf 
her  iudispoiiition  was  given  in  the  morning,  that  no  sas|ridoD  ml^it 
Ixi  entcrtaioed  in  tlie  evening,  when  mentioned  as  a  plea  for  retnnlng 


I 


CBILDHISN      OF     TaB     AUUBV.  2Si1 

AAer  traversing  several  streets,  in  an  QgoDj-  no  iongne  could 
describe,  he  returned  to  Portmiin  Sqaare.  Hi:!  (auoj  preaeoted 
Amanda  to  bU  view,  ovei-whelmed  ^ith  Bhame,  bdiI  mcking  beoe^h 
tbe  keen  reproaclies  levelled  at  b«r.  In  tlie  idea  uf  Ler  suftVriugs,  all 
lesentment  for  her  supposed  perfidy  was  Ibrgottcn.  lluinati  nature 
wu  liable  to  err,  and  the  noblest  etlbrls  that  nature  could  iiiOike,  ttaa 
to  pardon  such  errors.  To  apeak  coniibrt  to  this  fallen  aiigcl,  ho  felt 
'oold  relieve  tlje  weight  which  prest  iiiwc  hia  own  broaiit. — Pole  and 
liisordored,  he  entered  Ilie  room,  and  found  tlie  hidles  apparently 
trsch  aS'uoted. 

"Mj  dear  lord,"  said  the  nutruhioncea,  "t  ain  glad  jou  are  come 
back ;  as  a  triend  of  the  family,  joa  may  perhaps  honour  us  with 
your  advice  on  the  present  occasion." 

"  Indeed,"  eiclEumed  l-ady  Greystouk,  "  I  suppose  hia  lurdshtp  Is 
at  OB  great  losa  to  know  wliat  con  be  done  as  we  are.  Was  the  colo- 
nel la  A  eitoatiun  to  moke  any  reparation!  but  a  married  man,  only 
think  how  horrible  I" 

"Execrable  monster!" cried  Lord  Mortimer, starting  from  iiia  seat, 
and  traverBtng  tbe  room ;  "  it  were  a  deed  of  kindneea  to  numkind  to 
extirpale  bim  from  the  earth:  but  say,"  continued  he,  and  bis  voioa 
Ddterwl  as  he  spoke,  "where  is  the  nurortuoat&— "  lie  oouiU  not  pro- 
nounce the  nai[)o  of  Amanda. 

"In  ber  own  room,"  replied  tbe  marchioness :  "  I  assure  yoa,  aha 
behaved  with  not  a  little  insolence,  on  Lady  Grejatock's  advising  Ler 
tw  retnm  home.    For  my  part,  I  aliall  let  her  act  is  sbo  pleases." 

She  tben  proceeded  to  mention  the  marquis's  resolution  of  leaving 
the  house  till  aha  had  quitted  it,  and  that  he  insisted  on  their  accom- 
panying him. 

"To  return  to  her  father,  ia  certainly  tbe  only  eligible  plan  she  con 
pursue,''  scud  Ixird  Slorlimcr,  "hut  allow  me,"  couiinued  be,  "to 
request,  that  your  ladyship  will  not  impute  to  insolence,  any  eipre»- 
■ion  which  dropped  from  ber;  pity  her  wounded  foeliag?,  and  soflen 
Iier  BorrowB," 

"I  declare,"  cried  Lady  Euphrasia,  "I  tJioiglit  I  shonld  Lava 
fwnted  from  the  pily  I  felt  for  her." 

"  Yon  pitied  lier,  then,"  said  Lord  Mortimer,  wtting  down  by  Lei 
lailyship,  "you  pitied  and  sooth«d  ber  afflictions i" 

"  Yoa,  indeed,"  replied  she. 

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OF   Tni    AiBcr 


]f  eT«i  Lailj  Euphrasia  Bppeared  pleasing  in  theeycs  of  loidltar- 
timer,  it  waa  at  this  moment,  when  be  vm  jcredaloiu  — "™g^  to 
belieTS  sLe  had  slied  Uie  tear  of  pitj  over  his  lost  Amantiii 

lie  toolc  her  hand.  "  AL I  my  dear  Lady  Eaphraslk,^  lud  he,  b 
an  accent  of  melting  Kiflnoss,  "  perhaps  evea  now  she  needs  oouolfr 
tion;  a  gentle  female  fHend  mmld  be  a  oorafoii  to  her  wcmndad 

l.ai1f  Eujibrasia  immediatetf  took  the  hint,  and  aaid  she  wcnfld  go 
to  lier. 

He  led  her  to  the  door.  "  Yon  arc  going,"  cried  he,  "  to  perfbim 
the  office  of  aa  angel;  to  console  the  afflicted:  >hl  «ell  dnas  H 
become  the  jonng  and  gentle  of  yonr  sex,  to  pity  snoh  misfbrtunaK." 

Her  ladyship  retired,  bnt  not  indeed  to  the  ohamber  of  the  fbdbn 
Amanda ;  in  her  own  she  vented  the  rago  of  b«r  son],  in  aomathiiig 
little  short  of  execrations  against  Lord  Mortimer,  for  the  aSbcUon  dM 
KDW  he  still  retained  for  Aninnda. 

On  her  ladysliip'a  retiring.  Lady  Greystook  mentioned  erery  parti- 
cular sbe  hod  heard  from  Urs.  Jennings,  and  bitterly  lamented  Iwr 


2U9 


adothoc^  vbea  a  innid  entered  the  chnmber,  auJ  siiiil,  "  Loi'i3  M^ortimer 
was  below,  and  wialicd  to  speak  to  her." 
TutiiuliJii.'ua  juj  pervaded  the  mind  of  Amandn;  alio  had  bclicTeil 
iit  proliblile  she  tbowld  not  see  bim  again  before  her  departure  for 
'.Jrolttod,  from  wlisnoe  she  had  detennined  writing  to  him  the  partion- 
■ibu^  of  tliB  affair.  His  visit  seemed  to  anoounce  he  tliought  no' 
unfavourably  of  her:  she  sup]>osed  be  corae  to  as^nre  lier,  that  his 
lioD  of  bor  intogritj  was  mu^hakeo,  "and  I  ehnll  yet  trimiipli,'' 
i«ied  sh?,  in  the  traoBport  of  the  idea,  "over  malice  and  treachery." 
3he  sprung  past  the  toaid ;  ber  feet  Hcarce  touching  the  gronnd,  and 
a  moment  she  found  herself  In  the  arms  of  Lord  Mortimer,  which 
'Jn voluntarily  opened  to  rcoeive  hor,  for  trembling,  weak,  and  diaor- 
'iidered,  she  wonld  else,  on  aeeing  bim,  have  sunk  to  the  floor. 

e  supported  her  to  a  sofa;  in  a  little  lime  she  raised  ber  head 
ftom  his  ahonlder,  and  wclaiined, 

"  Oh  I  yon  are  come,  I  know  you  are  come  to  comfort  me." 
"  Wonld  Vo  heaven,"  he  answered,  "  I  were  capable  of  either  giving 
^receiving!  com  fort;  thoperiod,  however,  I  trust,  may  yet  arrive,  when 
■Ttra  shall  hotb,  at  least  be  more  cumposed : — to  mitigate  your  sorrows, 
would  lessen  niy  own ;  for  never,  oh  never  can  my  lieart  forgot  the 
^love  and  esteem  it  once  bore  Amanda." 

"Once  bore  berT'  repeated  Amanda,  "once  bore  her,  Lord  Mor- 
timer,  do  you  say  t—  then  yon  wisli  to  imply,  they  no  longer  eiist." 

The  tone  of  angnlsh  in  whieh  she  spoke,  pierced  the  heart  of  Lord 
Ifortimeri  unable  to  speak,  be  arose,  and  walked  to  the  window  to 
^de  bis  emotion. 

His  words,  his  silence,  all  conveyed  fl  Ma\  tmlli  to  Amandn;  she 
Hcvr  a  dreadful  and  etemiJ  separation  eSl-cted  between  her  anil  Lord 
jMorlimer; — She  beheld  herself  deprive<l  of  repntntion,  loaded  with 
OiJnrany,  sjid  no  longer  an  object  of  love,  bnt  of  detealation  and  con- 

Iler  anguish  was  almost  too  grent  to  bear,  yet  ihe  pride  of  injured 
Innocence  made  lier  wish  to  coucenl  it ;  and  as  Lord  Mortimer  stood 
$t  the  window,  she  determined  to  try  and  leave  the  room  without  hi* 
iwleilpB,  bnt  ere  she  gained  the  door,  her  bead  grew  giddy,  ba 
Mpength  failed,  she  staggered,  faintly  screamed  on  finding  beree"' 
JAdling,  and  simk  npou  tlie  floor. 

l/>rd  Moitiiner  wildly  called  for  assistance ;  be  raised  miil  rinT>'!. 


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BAIT. 


bw  back  to  the  «>&;  h«  •traiMd  bcr  to  liis  botou ;  kiM«]  Lit  pifa 

lips,  and  we[)t  over  her. 

"  I  have  wonnded  ;oar  gentle  eoul,  m;  Amande,"  he  cried,  "  bat  I 
have  turturod  mj  own  by  doiug  m>  ;  &b  I  still  d;«reat  cf  womsn,  XA 
the  WDi'Id  compaaitioDato  yonr  errors,  ai  I  oompasdcnata  Unpi, 
ncitiier  contempt  nor  calaiuny  wonld  ever  be  your  portion.  How 
pale  Bbe  look^,"  said  he,  raising  his  lie«d  to  gaM  upon  liar  hat. 
"how  like  a  lovely  flower,  nntiiuelj-  faded;  yet  were  It  happincaa  flir 
her  never  to  revive:  a  eoul  like  hers,  originally  nobl^  moat  be 
wrcti^hed  nndcr  the  pressure  of  acom.  Exeorobla  Belgnvel  tha 
fairest  work  of  heaven  is  deetrojcd  by  you.  Oh  I  my  *""''^",  my 
distreas  is  sorely  severe,  thougli  sngoish  rives  my  heart  for  yonr  Ioml 
I  must  corit^l  it:  tlie  sad  luxury  of  grief  will  be  denied  me;  tbrllw 
world  WDuld  eiiiile  if  I  should  say,  1  now  lamented  yon." 

Siicli  were  (he  cfiiisions  of  sorrow  which  bruke  from  JjotA  Hortinief^ 
over  tlie  iusetibible  Amanda.  The  liou^eeper,  who  had  been  liatcoinf 
all  this  <i">n.  uow  appeared,  aa  if  in  obedience  to  hie  call,  and  oBtni 
1  r«<M)vt.'rinK  Amanda.    Heavy  ligba  at  length  ga«v 


aunt,  on  fiuding  it  oontiuiled  ■  back  Dole  for  live  Lundred  pouuds: 
tbe  ytotih  were  aa  followB  : 

inaldsrme,  Aiiiiindm,lattull(titaf  kbroLfaf-r:  u  SBch  iccepi  nj  mttIcu  :  lo  HtT> 
Udlowme.    TUneuaarTfoailiiiuldrHinlmnHdludrtarDartiilharTlMdUM 


What  ft  BBm,"  eried  the  hongefceepw,  m  ibe  esaniMd  tbe  note, 
*f  what  a  nice  little  iudependenoy  ironld  this,  in  addition  to  what  I 
fcare  already  Mved,  be  for  aa  boneBt  woiuim  1  Wliat  a  pity  it  is  such 
jature  as  it  is  dueigned  for,  should  posHSB  it?"  The  house- 
keeper, like  her  lady,  was  fertile  in  invetitiun:  to  be  snre  there  was 
•oniu  danger  in  her  prefect  sobeme,  bat  for  sncb  a  prize  it  wsa 
vorUi  her  while  to  nm  some  ri^.  Could  she  bat  get  Amanda  ofi^ 
the  carriage  from  Lord  Mortimer  arrived,  she  believed  all  wonld 
succeed  aa  sbe  could  wish.  Amanda,  ignorant  as  she  was  of  Lord 
Uorttmer's  intentions,  wonld  not,  consequently,  be  influenced  bj 
Ibem,  to  oppose  anything  alie  could  do.  Fall  of  this  idea,  she  ran 
and  calling  a  footman,  high  in  her  favour,  desired  him  immedt- 
:Rtelj  to  procure  a  travdUng  chuse  for  Mini  Fitzalan.  Slie  then 
Mturoed  to  Auauda,  who  was  Juut  beginning  to  move. 

"  Come,  come,"  cried  sbe,  going  to  her,  and  roughly  shaking  her 
■boulder,  "  have  done  with  tboee  tragedy  iuri,  and  pre|>are  yonrself 
l^aiust  tlie  carriage  you  ordered,  conies :  it  will  be  at  the  door  in  t 

Amanda  looked  around  the  room,  "Is  Lord  Mortimer  gone  then  I" 

^d  she, 

'  Lord,  to  be  etire  he  is,"  cried  the  houaekeeper,  "  be  bos  left  you 
tlie  floor,  and  aa  he  went  out,  be  sud  yon  should  never  have 

another  opporLunity  of  deoeiving  liim." 

A  Builden  phrenzy  oeemed  to  frei^e  Amanda :  slie  wrung  her  hands, 

wiled  upon  Lord  Uortimer  in  tlie  imposfeiomtte  Imuguogo  of  despair, 

Had  flung  herself  on  tlie  grouud,  exdoiniiug,  "  this  last  stroke  is  mor« 

thsn  1  can  bear." 
The  housekeeper  grew  alarmed,  leat  her  nictation  eliould  retard 
9T  departiire ;  ebe  raised  her  forcibly  Irom  the  ground  and  said, 
the  (11(1=1  ciniiposc  herself  to  b^nber  journey,  whieb  was  unavoid 


309  CBILDHETa     OF     THE     ABBET. 

kblo,  as  tlio  m&rchioneas  bad  given  a))soIate  orders  to  have  bar  w 
from  the  house  early  in  the  morning." 

"  Accursed  houaol"  said  Amanda,  whose  reason  waa  restored  bj 
the  strenaons  remonstraiiMa  of  the  housekeeper,  "  Ob  I  that  I  had 
never  entered  it."  She  tlien  told  her  companion,  "  if  ahe  would 
B-isist  her,  as  she  was  almoat  t«>  weak  to  do  anything  heraeH  chs 
wontd  ho  ready  against  the  carriage  came."  The  housekeeper  Azi 
maid  accordinglj  attended  her  U)  her  chamber ;  the  former  bron^ht 
her  drops,  and  the  latter  assisted  in  putting  on  her  habit,  and  packing 
np  her  clothes.  Amanda  baring  secured  her  tmnks,  desired  tLey 
might  be  sent  hy  the  first  opportunity,  to  Castle  Carberrj ;  she  bad 
left  a  great  many  clothes  there,  so  look  nothing  at  present  nitb  I 
but  a  small  quantity  of  linen.  She  had  but  a  few  guineas  in  her 
pnrso,  her  watch,  however,  was  valuable  :  and  if  she  had  money 
enough  to  carry  her  to  Dublin,  she  knew  there  she  might  pracnre  ft 
BUihcient  sum  on  it  to  carry  her  home. 

At  last  the  carriage  came;  with  a  trembling  fi>rm,  and  a  half 
broken  heart,  Amanda  entered  it.  She  saw  Nicholas  the  footouui) 
■who  had  procured  it,  ready  mounted  to  attend  her.  She  told  him  tl 
was  nnneceasflry  to  do  so,  but  he  declared  he  could  not  think  of  letting' 
BO  jotm^a  lady  travel  unprotected.  She  was  pleased  at  his  attention; 
she  had  shuddered  at  the  idea  of  her  forlorn  ailnation,  and  now  dropt 
a  tear  of  sweet  sensibility  at  fiodiug  she  was  not  utterly  deserted  b; 
every  human  being.  The  carriage  took  the  road  to  Park-Gate,  a 
Amanda  chose  to  embark  from  thence,  the  journey  being  bo  much 
nearer  to  it  than  to  Euiybead.  It  was  now  about  eight  o'clock ;  after 
travelling  shout  fonr  hunrs,  the  chaise  stopt  at  a  small  house  on  tha 
rood  side,  which  appeared  to  be  a  common  ale-house.  Amanda  was 
unwilling  to  enter  it,  but  the  horses  were  hero  to  be  obsnged ;  and 
she  was  shown  into  a  dirty  parlour,  where  almost  sinking  with 
weakness,  ehe  ordered  tea  to  be  immediately  bronglit  in.  She 
much  astonished,  as  she  sat  at  the  tea-table,  to  see  Nicholas  enter 
wjora,  with  a  familiar  air,  and  seat  himself  by  her.  She  Stared  nt 
first,  snppofling  him  intoxicated;  bnt  perceiving  no  sign  of  this  on 
Donntennnoe,  began  to  fear  the  insulin  she  had  received  at  the  nwrqnts'* 
made  him  think  himself  authorited  to  treat  her  with  this  in9ole»c& 
Sbe  rose  abruptly,  and  summoning  all  her  resolntion  «o  lior  aid, 
de«rei]  him  to  retire,  adding,  "if  his  atleiid.tnce  was  re'i'ii^'ite.  sha 
would  ring  for  liim." 


CniLDRE.N       OF      TUS      ABBItr.  H03 

■  Nicliolfts  nbo  quitted  hia  seat,  ftii<]  following  her,  caught  Iier  in  b!> 
■rms,  eiclairaing,  "  bless  ur,  bow  boifj  tflity  yon  arc  grown." 

Amanda  RhrJeked,  ftQil  Blamped  on  the  floor,  in  an  agonj  of  terroi 
fcnd  indignation. 

'  "  Well  now  really,"  eaid  be,  after  what  happened  at  home,  I  tbink 
Jfan  need  not  bo  bo  coy  with  tne." 

"  Oh !  save  Tne,  heaven,  from  this  wretch,"  waa  all  the  B&ighted 
?jtwida  could  artienlate. 

^  The  door  openei!,  a  waiter  appeared,  and  told  Nicholas  he  wna 
tranied  withont,  Nivholaa  released  Amanda,  and  ran  directly  from 
fee  room.  Amanda  sunk  npon  a  diair,  and  her  head  tnmed  giddy  at 
fte  ideo  of  tlie  dangers  with  which  she  waa  snrronnded.  She  saw 
ierself  in  the  power  of  a  wretch,  perhaps  wretches,  for  the  honse 
aeemod  a  proper  place  for  scenes  of  villany,  withotit  the  means  of 
delivering  herself.  She  walked  to  the  window:  a  conned  ides  of 
ftitting  tbroagh  it,  and  mnning  from  the  honse,  darted  into  bermind, 
Imt  she  turned  from  it  in  agony,  at  seeing  a  namber  of  countrymen 
A^nking  before  it.    She  now  could  only  rMse  ber  feeble  bonds  to 

«Tan  to  supplicate  its  protection. 

She  past  Miirte  minutes  in  tliis  manner,  when  the  lock  turned,  and 
jbade  her  shudder  ■  but  it  was  the  landlady  alone  who  entered  ;  she 
ifenie,  she  s^d,  with  Nicholas'  respectful  duty,  and  be  was  sorry  he 
obliged  Ui  go  back  to  town,  without  seeing  her  safe  to  her 
■ftnmey's  eud. 

"  Is  he  really  gone  ?"  asked  Amanda,  with  all  the  eagerness  of  Joy, 

*  ''Yea,"  the  woman  said,  "a  person  had  followed  him  from  London, 
•n  pnrpose  to  bring  him  back." 

*  "  Is  the  carringo  ready  J"  cried  Amanda. 
'  Blie  was  informed  !t  was. 

'  "Let  me  fly,  then,"  said  she,  running  to  the  dour,  "Let  me  fly,  or 
Be  wretch  may  return," 

*  The  landlady  impeded  her  iirogreas  to  toll  her  the  bill  was  not  yet 
fcttlcd.     Amanda  pulled  out  her  purse,  and  bcsouglit  her  not  to 

in  be-.  This  the  woman  had  no  desire  to  do;  things  were  there- 
settled  without  delay  between  them,  and  Amanda  was  driven, 
Vitli  as  much  erpedidon  aa  she  could  desire,  from  the  terrifying 
tntiision.  The  ohatsa  had  proceeded  about  two  miles,  when  in  the 
middle  of  a  solilnrr  road,  or  ratlier  lan%  by  the  side  of  a  nwd,  it 


JWB 


■Dddeoly  Blopt.  AomutU,  alarmed  at  every  iucideot,  baatU;  kxricad 
out  aud  inquired  wliat  was  tJi«  inattei';  but  how  iiii|>osiiible  todeocribc 
ber  terror,  wlien  site  tielield  Colonel  Belgravo,  and.  Xicboloa  Etotidiiig 
bj  Lira,  She  shrunk  back,  and  entreated  tlie  postiUioo  to  diive  on; 
bat  he  beeded  not  Ler  entreaty,  Niubolas  opened  tbe  door,  and 
Belgrave  sprang  into  the  carriage.  Amanda  Btlempted  to  bhrst  open 
tbu  door  at  the  opposite  side,  but  be  cauglit  her  to  his  boaom  and  tba 
horses  set  off  at  ftiU  speed.  Colonel  Belgrave's  valet  bad  been 
eocretod  by  Urs.  Jane  the  preceding  night  in  tiie  house,  that  be  utight 
Da  able  to  give  bis  master  intelligeuoe  of  all  that  passed  witliin  it,  ift 
xnseqacnce  of  bia  being  discovered  in  tbe  closet.  On  bearing  t*uA 
tbe  &raily  were  gone  to  the  marquia'd  TiUa,  Belgrave  believed  b« 
ooald  eadly  prevul  on  tbe  domestics,  to  deliver  up  Amanda  to  bim. 
Elated  with  tbia  hope,  lie  reached  tbe  bouse,  attended  by  bia  valol^ 
JuhC  after  she  had  quitted  it,  The  boiisekeoper  hesitated  to  infora 
him  of  tbe  road  she  bad  taken,  till  sbe  had  procured  wliat  she  knew 
would  be  tbe  conttequence  of  her  hesitation,  a  large  bribe.  Horaea 
were  then  immediately  procured,  and  Belgrave  and  Ids  servant  set  oC 
in  |>ursiut  of  Amanda.  The  sight  of  a  travelling  cliiuse  at  the  liitia 
inn  already  mentioned,  prompted  their  inqniriea;  and  on  finding  iL* 
cliaiite  waited  for  Ainanda,  tbe  colonel  retired  to  a  private  room,  aent 
for  Nicbolus,  and  secured  bim  in  bis  interest  It  was  settled  tbot 
they  shoold  repair  to  the  wood,  by  wliii^h  the  [Mistillion  was  k'ibed  ta 
pass,  aud  from  thence  proceed  to  a  country  bouse  t!  the  oulund'si 
Their  scheme  accomplished,  Nicholas,  happy  in  tlie  servi<«  be  h^ 
done,  or  rather  the  reward  he  bad  obtaiuud  for  that  s«rvici>,  ^jSla 
turned  his  face  towards  London. 

Ttie  carriage  and  attcndante  Lord  Mortimer  procured  for  Amanda, 
arrived  oven  earlier  tlian  the  housokeeper  bad  expected,  and  aha 
blcBsed  her  lucliy  stars  for  the  precipitancy  with  wbicb  she  liad 
liurried  otF  Amanda. 

Tliey  were  followed  by  bis  lordsliip  bijnBclf,  whose  wretched  beart 
coold  not  support  the  idea  of  letting  Ainauda  depart  witJiout  one* 
more  beholding  her.  GreAt  was  bis  dismay,  Ms  ostonialiment,  wbea 
Ihe  honsekeeiier  infoniied  bim  she  was  gone. 

"Gonei"  be  repealed,  clmngiag  colonr. 

The  bousekeeper  said,  that  without  her  knowledge  Miss  Fitulan 
bad  a  ubaisc  hired,  aud  tJie  momtut  it  came^o  the  dour,  stopped  into 


3oa 


1^  notwl thstanding  she  wag  tulJ  his  lordship  meant  to  provide  erery 

g  proper  for  her  journey  liiraself;  "bol  she  eaid,  mj  lord,"  cried 

e  hou)i«ke«p«r,  "  she  wonted  none  of  yonr  care,  and  tbat  ehe  oonld 

r  ^t  fast  enough  from  a  hoaae,  or  from  people,  nhere  and  by 

III  jihe  had  been  so  ill  treated." 

t>  Ixird  Mortimer  asked  if  she  bad  auj  attendant,  and  whether  she 

M>k  Uie  Iett«r. 

►  The  housekeeper  answered  both  these  qnestiona  in  the  affirmative ; 
•■Troly,  my  lord,"  she  continued,  "I  bulieve  yonr  lordship  said 
■omething  in  that  letter  which  pleased  her,  for  she  smiled  on  opening 
it,  and  Raid,  '"Well,  well,  this  U  sotnethiof  like  comfort." 

"And  was  she  really  so  mean,"  he  was  on  the  point  of  asking,  but 
he  timely  checked  a  question  which  was  spriD^n^  from  a  heart  that 
Nckened  at  ^ding  the  object  of  his  tondercst  affections  unworthy  in 
every  respect  of  possessing  them.  Every  idea  of  tliis  kind  soon  gave 
way  to  anxiety  on  her  aoconnt;  his  heart  misgave  him  at  her  under- 
taking 90  long  a  journey  onder  the  protection  of  a  common  servant; 
and  anahle  to  endora  his  apprehensions,  he  determined  ini^tanlJy  to 
pnrsne,  and  sec  !ier  safe  himself  to  the  deatinod  port, 

man  who  had  liitherlo  sat  in  the  chaise,  was  ordered  home; 

■  ka  entered  it  with  eagerness,  and  promised  liberally  to  reward  the 

bstillions  if  tliey  nsed  expedition.    They  had  changed  horses  bnt 
tMce,  when  Lord  Mortimer  saw  Nicholas  approaching,  whom,  at  the 

■  Bnt  glance,  he  knew.     He  slopped  the  carriage,  and  called  out, 
-•  "Where  have  yon  left  Miss  Fitzalan  I" 

"Faith,  my  lord,"  cried  Nicholas,  instanliy  stopping  and  taking 
[-«ff  his  hat,  "  in  very  good  company ;  I  left  her  with  Colonel  lielgrave, 
o  was  wdting  by  appointment  on  the  road  for  her." 
•  "Ohl  horrible  infatuation  I"  said  Lord  Mortimer,  "tliat  nothing 
D  snatch  her  from  the  arms  of  infamy." 
The  postillion  desired  to  know  whether  hi  ehoold  return   to 

-  Lord  Mortimer  heutated,  and  at  last  desired  nim  to  go  on  accord- 
ing to  his  first  directions.  Jle  resolved  to  proceed  to  Park-gate,  and 
discover  whether  Amanda  had  retnmeil  to  Ireland.  They  had  not 
proceeded  far,  when  they  overtook  a  travelling  chaise.  Ai  Lnrd 
Mortimer  passed  he  looked  into  it,  and  beheld  Amanda  reclining  on 
the  iMMom  at  Belgrave.     He  trembled  unireraalty,  closed  his  ejH, 


B  K  r 


and  iighed  but  the  name  of  the  pertidioiu  Aiaontla.  Wliea  thty  hid 
got  aume  itay  before  the  otiier  chaide,  ha  desired  tlie  poetiUioo  to 
Blrike  iilT  into  wiotlwr  rodd,  wLicli,  by  a  circuit  of  a  few  milea,  would 
biiog  theni  back  to  London.  Amanda,  it  wai)  evidaot,  had  pat 
hertwlf  under  the  proleotioQ  of  Belgrave,  and  to  know  wlietker  ebe 
went  to  Ireland  was  now  of  llttlo  cun»ec|ueiioe  to  ,.iui,  as  Its  soppoeed 
her  unreclaiiuable ;  but  how  hnpoiuiible  to  da«;ribe  his  distreas  and 
confu»iun,  when  ahnosl,  the  firat  object  he  beheld  oa  alighting  in  BL 
Jooiea'  Square,  waa  his  auut,  Ladj  Martlia  Dormer,  who,  in  oompU- 
Mice  with  his  urgent  request,  liad  hastened  to  London.  Had  » 
spectre  crossed  his  siglit,  lie  ooul<l  not  have  been  more  sbooked, 

"  Well,  m;  dear  Frederick,"  eud  her  ladysliip,  "  ;oa  see  1  lost  no 
time  in  obeying  jour  wishas:  I  tuiTe  flown  hither,  I  msj  indeed  s^, 
on  tbe  wings  of  love;  but  where  is  tliis  little  divinity  of  tbinet  I 
long  to  liave  a  peeji  at  her  goddess-ship." 

Lord  ICoTtimer,  inespreseibly  allocked,  turned  to  the  window. 

"I  shall  see,  to  be  enre,"  cried  her  hulyship,  "quite  a  little 
paragon :  positiTslj,  Frederick,  I  will  be  introduced  this  very  evai> 
ing." 

"Uj  dear  aunt,  my  de&r  Lady  Uartlia,"  said  Lord  Uortimer, 
iinixitientlj-,  "  for  liearen's  sake  sjiwe  tne." 

"  But  tell  me,"  she  continued,  "  wbeii  I  ahaU  couunonoe  this  atlAok 
npoD  your  father's  heart." 

"  Never,  never,"  sighed  Lord  Mortimer,  half  distracted, 

"  What,  you  suppose  he  will  prove  inflexible  I  but  I  do  not  despur 
of  conrincing  jou  to  the  contrary ;  tell  me,  Fredoiiut,  when  the  Ut£'« 
charmer  can  be  seen." 

"  Oh  Ood  t"  cried  Mortimer,  striking  his  forehead,  "  she  is  Icet,** 
sud  he,  "  she  is  lost  forever." 

Lady  Martha  wa.i  alnrmed ;  she  now,  for  the  first  time,  noticed  th« 
wild  and  pallid  looks  of  her  nephew. 

"Gracious  heavens!"  she  eidaimed.  "what  is  the  matter!" 

The  dreadful  esplanation  I^rd  Mortimer  now  found  himself  under 
the  neoeeslty  of  giving:  tlie  shiune  of  acknowledging  he  was  eo 
deceived:  the  agony  he  euflered  from  that  deception,  joined  to  thfl 
eicesaiie  agitation  and  fiktlgne  he  had  suffered  the  preceding  Eigh^ 
aud  the  present  day,  so  powerfully  assailed  him  at  this  monienl,  that 
his  scuj>(\  suddenly  gave  way,  and  he  autnally  faiuted  on  the  iluur. 


^P  CUILDKSK      OF      TUK      ABUEY.  3U1 

^K?   What  *  sight  for  Iha  tender  Ijtily  HftrCha;  site  saw  some  tiling 
^^^jlraull'ul  had  Lairpeniiil,  uud  wliat  tliui  icag,  LurJ  Murtimer,  ll4  «ouii 
■■  ke  rocQVtireil,  ialuruted  ber. 

Ha  thea  retired  to  hia  chamber;  Ite  coiM  neitlier  Kiaven«,  nur 
bear  to  bo  cooveraeil  with :  ha  ioudmt  h<ii<m  were  blasted ;  nor 
u,iu!d  he  forego  the  sad  ioduigenoe  of  nwnraing  over  tliem  in  soli- 
tade;  he  felt  almiMt  oonvinoed  tliat  the  bold  Amimda  bod  on  bis 
kfibctions  ounld  not  be  vritbdrawn ;  be  had  Hmsidered  her  ae  euarc ely 
]«(«  than  hia  wife,  aud  had  sba  l>een  really  aiiob,  her  prwetit  iMindout 
coald  not  havo  girca  him  more  angmsb.  Had  she  bma  snatulied 
tVom  liim  b;  the  baud  of  death  \  htul  slie  beeu  wedded  to  a  worthf 
ohsrocter,  he  could  have  H[iminoDe<)  fortitude  to  hia  aid,  bat  to  find 
her  the  proy  of  a  villain,  was  a  stroke  too  horrible  to  bear,  at  leait 
for  a  lu[>g  period,  with  patieace. 


CnAPTER  XSX. 

7d  M  K  BuVl  ItiT  pity  iharc, 


Ur  Ama51>a  hod  fainted  »oon  un«r  Oolone]  BclgraTB  entered  the  car- 

^ilfa^,  and  she  was  reelining  on  his  bosom  in  a  state  of  iDsensibility, 

iNrbrn  Lord  Mortimer  past.    lo  this  situation  she  continued,  till  tbey 

gained  a  solitary  road,  when  tlie  carriage  stopi,  and  wntcr  pro- 

■ed  hoax  an  adjaoeoi  cottage,   being  sprintlod  od  her  fiwe  she 

<rered :  bat  utber  by  arguments,  or  iictluii,  elie  was  now  unable 

»  oppose  Belgrove ;  she  felt  a  weakness  tliron|f)i  her  whole  Ihune, 

ich  she  believed  the  forerunner  of  death  ;  and  a  lonpjor  on  her 

ind  that  almost  deprived  it  of  the  perception  of  misery. 

The  refresliinents  ordered  to  her,  she  could  only  refuse  by  a  motion 

'  her  head ;  and  in  this  manner  they  proceeded  till  about  nine  o'clock 

I  night,  when  they  entered  an  witensive  wood,  in  the  very  centre  of 

ich  atnod  Colonel  Belgi'ave's  mansion.     He  carried  Amanda  him- 

iolo  it,  and  laid  her  npon  a  so&  in  a  brga  parloor,    Buuie  feiuBlo 


doinestica  appeared  with  drops  and  cordials,  to  try  to  r 
from  the  almost  lifulesa  state  Id  'wliicli  slie  lay.  One  o(  ihem  pro** 
eDt«d  a  letter  to  Oolonel  Belgrave,  irhidi  excited  no  little  pertarbatiait 
in  his  mind;  it  <sine  express  to  inform  liim  that  his  aiuAa,  wIumb 
estate  and  title  he  was  heir  to,  lay  at  the  point  of  death,  and  tbathii 
presence  immediately  waa  required. 

Th«  colonel  was  not  so  abaolntely  eugropsed  by  love  na  to  be  inc« 
])able  of  attending  to  his  interest.  An  addition  to  his  fortune  wi 
extremely  agreeable,  as  his  affairs  were  aomewhat  deranged  ;  and  a 
Amanda  was  not  in  a  aituation  at  present  to  comply  with  any  over 
torea  he  should  make,  bis  reaolution  waa  immediately  formed  to  aet 
off  without  delay,  and  agdnst  his  reinra,  he  trusted  Amanda  would 
not  only  be  recovered,  but  willing  to  accede  to  liis  w 

ne  dismisaed  the  woman  who  had  bronght  her  a  little  to  herself 
and  taking  her  hand,  informed  her  of  tlie  painful  necesaity  he  wal 
under  of  departing  for  a  short  time :  he  abo  mentioned  hie  hopes,  that 
on  his  retom  he  should  have  no  obstacle  thrown  in  the  way  of  hli 
Jiappiness  by  her.  "  Yon  must  be  sensible,  my  dear  Amanda,"  a 
he,  with  coolness,  "  that  your  reputation  ia  as  much  gone  aa  if  y 
had  complied  with  my  wishes :  since  it  is  sacrificed,  why  nut  eqjoy 
the  advantages  that  may,  that  will  certainly  attend  the  reality  of  tb^ 

"Monster I"  cried  Amanda,  "your  arts  may  have  destroyed  my 
fame,  but  niy  innocence  bids  defiance  to  your  power." 

"  Conquer  yonr  obstinacy,  Amanda,"  replied  be,  "  against  I  retnm, 
or  I  ehall  not  promise  bat  wliat  I  may  at  last  be  irritated.  As  yon 
will  have  no  occasion  for  money  here,  yon  mnst  esciise  me,  my  d««r 
creature,  if  1  lake  your  purse  into  ray  own  keeping:  my  domestica 
may  be  faithtiil,  when  they  have  no  inducement  to  the  contrary;  but 
no  bribery,  no  corruption,  yon  know." 

lie  (lien  deliberately  took  Amanda's  purse  and  watch  from  her 
pocket,  and  deposited  them  in  his  own.  He  had  already  given  direc- 
tions to  his  servants  concerning  the  treatment  of  Amanda,  and  now- 
ordered  tliem  to  carry  her  to  a  chamber,  and  make  her  aome  rcfresh- 

"Beflect,  Amanda,"  «aid  he,  ere  she  retired,  "on  yonr  prearait 
Ntoation,  and  timely  estimate  the  advantages  I  offer  to  yocr  a 
tnnce ;  wealth,  pleftsnre,  the  attention  of  a  man  who  adoree  you,  ar« 


CHILDRKK      or      TUB      ABBST.  30  It 

not  to  be  despiwd.  Dpon  my  wu.'  it  grieves  me  to  leave  yon,  bnt  tho 
yjH  of  meeting  will  I  trust,  pay  the  pangs  of  sbsenco." 

As  he  spoke,  ho  attempted  to  embrace  her,  bat  she  faintly  shrieted, 
find  shrunk  from  hii  grasp.  He  looked  provoked,  bjt  as  he  had  no 
time  to  lose,  he  reserved  a  decloratloD  of  bia  tmgor  fur  another  oppoc- 
tunily,  and  directly  set  off  for  his  uncle's. 

AiimuJa  was  supported  t«  a  chamber,  and  lay  down  in  her  clothes 
on  a  bed.  They  offered  her  bread  and  wine,  but  she  was  too  sick  to 
touch  any.  To  remonstrate  with  the  insolent  looking  vreatures  who 
■urriunded  her,  she  knew  nonld  be  unavailing,  and  she  tnmed  her 
face  on  the  pillow  to  stifie  her  sobs,  as  she  believed  tbey  would  eiult  in 
her  distress.  Death  she  thought  approaching,  and  the  idea  of  being 
Bcpai'ated  from  the  dear  objects  who  woold  have  soothed  its  last 
pangs,  wan  dreadful;  her  father  in  agony,  and  Oscar,  her  beloved 
brother  )>ew<iiling  her  with  tears  of  sorrow,  were  the  images  Gincy 
presented  to  her  view. 

"  iX:ar  objecta  of  my  love,"  she  eofUy  eidumed,  "  Amanda  shall 
no  more  behold  you,  bnt  her  last  sigh  will  bo  breathed  for  yon.  Ah  I 
why,  why,"  she  cried,  "  did  I  soli'er  myself  to  be  separated  from  my 
father !" 

A  yonng  woman  leaned  over  Amanda,  and  snrvoyed  her  with  tha 
most  malignant  acrntiny;  ah o  was  daughter  to  Belgrave's  steward, 
end  neither  she  nor  her  father  posaeased  snffiuient  virtue  to  make 
them  reject  the  offers  Belgrave  mode  them  oa  her  account.  Bis 
attachment  to  her  was  violent,  bnt  transient,  end  in  the  height  of  it 
he  made  her  mistress  of  the  mansion  ahe  now  occupied,  which  char- 
Dcier  ehe  maintained  with  tyrannic  away  over  the  rest  of  her  domee- 
tica.  Belgrave  was  rcftlly  ignorant  of  the  violence  of  her  temper,  and 
hod  no  ides  she  would  dare  dispnte  bia  incUnations,  or  disobey  his 
orders ;  he  believed  she  would  be  subservient  to  both,  and  from,  this 
belief  gave  Amanda  particnlarly  into  her  charge. 

lint  scarcely  had  he  departed,  ere  she  swore,  "that  let  the  cogse- 
iiuence  be  what  it  would,  the  vite  wreteh  he  had  brought  iuto  the 
house  to  insult  her,  shfluld  never  remain  in  It:  she  shall  tramp,"  cried 
she,  "  though  I  follow  her  uiyselt^  when  he  returns,  for  such  a  little 
hussey  shall  never  triumph  over  me." 

The  servants,  ignorant  and  timorous,  did  not  attempt  to  oppose 


\ 


''Come,  mftd&m,"  aud  Bhe,  suddenly  teidog  Amssda's  arm,  snS 
pQUiag  her  from  the  pillow,  "h&re  done  with  theee  Uogubhiug  aiit, 
add  mwch." 

"What  do  joD  meant"  cried  i^maDda,  trerobliog  at  bcr  Inflamed 

eonntenanae. 

"  Wliy  I  mean  that  you  sliall  qnit  tiiis  honse  dircrtly,  and  I  wunder 
Ooloiiel  Belgrave  c«uld  have  Ihe  assaraiioe  to  briug  sach  a  oreatnre  ai 

"You  mistake,  indeed,"  sud  Amanda,  "  treachery,  not  imOinatioa, 
brought  me  into  it,  and  I  am  not  what  you  suppose;  if,  ns  y-M  wy, 
yon  allow  me  to  depart,  I  ehall  ever  regard  yon  as  a  fin«iiil,  and 
io  every  prayer  I  offer  up  to  heaven  for  myself,  yon  shall  be  remem' 
bared." 

"Oh  dear,  bnt  you  slioU  not  impose  upon  me  so  easily;  come," 
oODtinned  she,  turning  to  her  maid,  "  and  help  me  to  cotiduot  this 
fine  lady  to  the  hall  door." 

"Graciooa  heavens,"  said  Amanda,  who  by  tliis  time  was  tAken  or 
rather  dragged  from  the  bed,  "  what  are  yon  about  doing  wili  me  I 
Though  I  r^oice  to  quit  the  hoa«e,  yet  surely,  surely,"  she  cried,  and 
Ler  soul  recoiled  at  the  idea,  "withoat  a  guide  at  this  hour  of  Om 
night,  you  will  not  turn  me  from  it." 

She  then  mentioned  Colonel  Belgrave's  having  deprived  her  of  tha 
pnrse  and  watch,  and  besought  the  woman  in  the  most  pathetic  term*, 
to  supply  her  witli  a  small  sum,  vrliicli  she  solemnly  aisored  ber 
shottid  be  returned,  as  soon  as  ehe  readied  her  frienda;  and  ended 
with  saying,  she  should  depart  with  gratitude  ajid  joy,  if  slie  oompliei 
with  her  request,  and  allowed  some  one  to  goldc  her  to  a  place  whert 
she  might  procure  a  oarrioge. 

"  Such  madams  as  yoa,"  replied  tlie  iro]>erions  woman,  are  never  ol ' 
a  loss  for  means  of  procuring  m<mey,  or  a  plac^'  to  go  to :  I  see  tliroQfi^b 
your  art  well  enough ;  you  want  me  to  pity  yon,  that  I  may  let  yon 
■tay  till  year  oolond  retnms:  but  who  would  be  fool  then  I  wonderf 
the  tables,  I  warrant,  would  soon  hetnmed  upon  me:  No,  no,  only 
go  this  moment." 

Bo  saying,  she  rndely  seiwd  Amanda,  and  assisted  by  nnoiher 
woman,  hurried  her  down  stnint,  and  out  of  the  lionse  directly:  tliey 
earned  her  to  an  intricate  part  of  the  wood,  and  then  ran  back,  Itvr 
ing  the  helpless  mourner  Ivauiiis  agiiinst  a  tree. 


CHIL 


^^  AmaD'la  lookeJ  aronnd  her;  ilark  irad  nwfnl  wore  tlie  sIiaJM  of 
B|bo  WW  d:  no  ligbt  appeared  but  what  came  from  a  few  waiidiTiog 
Btara,  wliioh  only  served  to  render  darknosa  riaible.  "Havo  raercj 
upon  me,  heavon,'"  groaned  Amanda,  as  she  felt  herself  sinkmK  to  tha 
earth.  The  cold  acted  as  a  kind  of  r^ 9torBtiT&  and  almost  iiniiiediat&- 
]j  reviTCd  her.  Bhe  rested  her  head  against  a  iittle  lank,  and  as  eho 
thus  reclined,  a  tender  sadness  pervaded  her  amd,  at  the  idea  ot  her 
father's  sorrow  when  he  lieard  of  her  fate.  '-When  he  hears,"  cned 
she,  "  that  I  was  driven  tiom  Uie  honse.  as  nnworthy  of  pity  or  pro- 
teotioQ  from  any  being ;  that  his  Amanda,  whom  he  cherished  in  his 
bosom  as  the  darling  of  his  age,  was  denied  the  pity  ha  wonld  have 
ahewn  the  greatest  wretch  that  crawls  vpon  the  earth ;  and  that  she 
perished  without  shelter,  it  will  hreak  his  heart  entirely.  Foot  Oscar, 
too,  alns  I  T  shall  ba  a  sotirc«  of  wretchedLesa  to  both.  Will  Lord 
Mortimer  lament  when  he  hears  of  my  fate  ?  Alas  1  I  cannot  believe 
that  ho  will :  he  tliat  could  leave  mo  in  the  ari.is  of  in«en?ibi1ity,  and  so 
readily  believe  ill  of  me,  most  have  a  heart  steeled  against  oomposMon 
for  my  aulferings.  Bnt  my  nnhappyfi-tlicr  and  hrolher  will  never  donbt 
my  innocence,  and  by  them  I  shall  bo  tenderly  and  tnily  Tn.mrned." 

kThe  ides  of  their  snAerings  at  last  recalled  her  wandering  thoughts, 
and  pity  for  those  snfferinga,  made  her  endeovonr  to  support  her  own, 
bat  she  might  be  able  to  make  some  efTorts  for  preserving  a  life  so 
preeioiis  to  them ;  besides,  as  alie  reflected,  she  conld  not  but  attribute 
her  expnluoD  from  the  honse  of  infamy,  to  the  immediate  interposition 
of  Providenoe  in  her  favoar;    and  whilst  hei   heart  swelled  with 
gratitude  at  the  idea,  her  fortitude  gradually  returned.     Bin;  kos», 
but  the  vigour  of  her  nerves  was  not  eqnn    to  the  ardour  of  her 
intentions:   she  walked  on,  and  as  she  proceeoed,  the  glo^m  grew 
more  profound :  the  paths  were  iuti-icat*,  and  her  progress  was  often 
1     tmpeded  by  the  roots  of  trees  and  ttie  branches  which  grew  about 
^K.lhem.    Aiter  wandering  ahont  a  considerable  time,  she  at  last  began 
^Elo  think,  that  instead  of  gaining  tlie  skirts,  she  had  penetrated  inM 
^P'ttie  very  oeutre  of  Uie  wood,  and  that  to  qnit  it  till  morning  would  be 
^Pjtnpossiljle.     Yielding  to  this  idea,  or  rather  to  her  excessive  woori- 
^K|nss,  she  was  seeking  for  a  place  to  sit  down  on,  when  a  faint  light 
^pjlHinmered  before  her;  she  instantly  darted  through  the  path  from 
'  whence  it  Reamed,  and  found  herself  at  the  extremity  of  the  word, 
ifai  that  the  ligh'.  proceeded  from  a  small  hamlet  contiBUoni  to  It. 


812  CBILURBK      or      THE      inUET, 

Thither  she  watted,  as  last  as  her  trembling  Utnbs  wtrali!  oany  ku 
A  profonnd  litillacda  reigoed  around,  onl;  iatermptud  by  Ihe  IiouM 
mod  bollow  luLrking  of  some  dLstant  doga,  which,  iu  such  ao  huur,  bai 
something  parlionlarly  solemn  in  it.  Tlie  stillDosa,  and  sudden  tliaq>> 
peer3iic«  of  lights  Irom  viiric)us  TCiodow;:,  cimviuced  Amanda  tint  ' 
every  cottage  was  closed  for  the  night ;  "  and  were  the)-  open,"  aH 
■he,  "I  porhagis  sboajd  be  denied  access  to  any,  df'i'rived  aa  1  sm,  of 
the  means  of  retrnrdlug  kiudneas."  She  shuddered  at  the  id*A  at 
passlag  a  night  nnslieltered.  "  It  is  now,  indeed,"  said  she,  "  I  ratUf 
know  what  it  is  to  fed  for  the  honsclesa  cidldron  of  want."  Sha 
mored  soMy  along;  the  echo  of  her  own  stepn  alunned  lier,  she  litd 
nearly  reached  tlie  end  of  the  hiunlel,  when  befiire  a  neat  cottogei, 
divided  Irom  the  others  by  a  clamp  of  old  trees,  she  enw  a  veoenble 
man,  who  might  well  have  pns^xl  for  an  ancient  hermit;  his  graj 
locks  thinly  shaded  hia  forehend ;  an  expression  of  deep  and  pcoflivs 
thought  was  visible  in  his  coimteuanee ;  his  arms  were  folded  on  tits 
breast,  and  his  eyes  were  raised  with  a  tender  melancholy  to  hearun, 
as  if  that  heaven  he  contemplateil,  was  now  the  abode  of  sonut 
kindred  and  lamented  spirit.     Surely  sneh  a  being,  thought  slio,  will 


^ 


Id  wve  ber  from  destruction,  aad  reproached  Mortimer  for  siJing  to 
OTerwbetm  ber  in  disgraco.  She  continaed  in  this  eituatlon  tlirea 
days,  during  whidi  tlie  old  mun  and  liia  fuithful  Bcrvant  ivatched  tior 
will]  unremitted  attention.  A  nQighboitriog  apotbecarj'  wiu  sura- 
itiooad  to  Ler  aid,  and  a  ^j'1  from  one  of  tiie  cottagca  proi^ured  to  git 
□p  witli  Iter  at  niglit.  The  old  man  freqneutly  knelt  bj  the  bod  side, 
watchiug  tvitli  aiiiictj,  for  a  faroorable  symptom.  Her  incobereitt ' 
oxpreB^ona  piercod  bim  to  t!ie  heart  lie  felt,  from  iDonrnfuI  sympt- 
Uij,  for  tlie  father  she  io  patlietically  meatioiied,  and  invoked  LeAven 
to  rfifltoro  her  to  bim. 

The  afternoon  of  the  third  day,  Amanda  after  a  long  Blnmber, 
awoke,  perfectly  restored  to  her  senses;  it  wna  many  minutes, 
however,  after  her  awaking,  ere  slio  reoolleotcd  all  the  cironmstanow 
tbat  bad  caused  ber  present  gitnation. 

She  at  last  opened  tlie  curtain,  and  perceived  tba  old  woman,  whom 
we  shall  hereafter  call  Eleanor,  seated  by  the  bed  side. 

"  1  fear,"  said  she  ivitli  a  languid  smile,  "  I  have  been  tbe  ocoasion 
of  a  great  deal  of  trouble." 

"  No,  no,"  replied  the  kind  Eleanor,  delighted  to  hear  her  speak  so 
caltaly,  and  drawing  hack  a  little  of  tbe  curtain  at  the  some  time,  to 
otiserve  her  looks. 

Amanda  inquired  Itow  long  she  bad  been  ill.  Eleanor  informed 
lier,  and  added,  "  heaven,  my  door  child,  was  kind  to  you,  in  tlirow- 
iag  jon  in  my  master's  way,  who  delights  in  befriending  Ibe  help- 

»." 

"Heaven  will  reward  bim,"  eiclainied  Amanda. 

The  chamber  waa  gloomy ;  she  requested  one  of  llie  shntters  might 
be  opened.  Eleanor  complied  with  her  desire,  and  a  ray  of  the 
declining  sun  darting  tbrongb  the  casement,  cheered  her  pensive  heart. 

She  perfectly  remembered  the  venerable  figure  slie  had  beheld  on  Uie 
threshold  of  the  cottage,  and  was  impatient  to  caress  tier  gratiindp 
to  bim.  The  next  day,  she  trusted,  would  give  her  an  opportunity 
of  doing  BO,  as  she  then  resolved,  if  possible,  to  rise.  Tlie  wi^  of  her 
Bonl  was  to  be  with  her  father,  ere  he  could  receive  any  intimation 
of  what  had  liappencd.  Slie  resolved  to  communicate  to  lior  benevo- 
lent host,  the  incidents  which  had  placed  ber  in  such  a  situation;  and 
she  fiattered  herself,  on  hearing  them,  he  would  accommodate  ber 
with  tbe  means  of  returning  to  Ireland;  if  nnable  (nnwilting  she 
U 


3U 


tmaid  not  tliiuk  she  should  Sad  hlio)  to  do  tlia,  tiia  ti 

irritdDg   to    Lcr    father. — This    meuore,    howeTer,    ■ 

tnuited,  she  should  bftre  no  occasion  to  talce,  u  die  well  knew  01* 

Bboclc  such  a  lettor  would  ipve  him. 

Contrary  to  the  inclinationa  of  Eleanor,  ahe  roM  ths  next  d^,  mi 
as  eoOD  89  she  was  drest,  sent  to  reqnest  iir.  Howell'i  """^nj 
Eleanor  had  infurmed  her  of  her  master'a  name. 

The  diamber  was  on  a  grouod  floor ;  before  the  wiadoir  wen  • 
row  of  neat  white  cottages ;  and  behind  tiiem  row  a  range  cf  lol^ 
hills,  covered  to  the  yerj  Bommit  with  trees,  now  Jn«t  bnndng  Intrt 
verdure ;  before  the  cottage  ran  a  clear  murmuring  rlTole^  at  whloh 
eotne  jouDg  ^rls  were  washing  clothu,  whilst  othera  ipraad  ttwm 
npon  liedgee,  and  all  beguiled  their  labour  with  singing,  chattiiig  and 
Jangbing  together. 

"  Ah  I  happy  credtnres,"  cried  Amanda,  "screened  by  your  n»tlT« 
hills,  you  know  notliing  of  the  vices  or  miseries  of  the  great  world : 
no  Buares  lurk  beneath  the  flowery  paths  yon  tread,  to  wring  your 
hearts  with  anguish,  and  nip  the  early  bloBsoms  of  your  yonth." 

TLe  old  miin  apT>eiU'ed  and  interrupted  her  meditntioiia.    When  bo 


f  ou  have  reason,  indeed,  to  regret  jonr  knowledge  of  Belgrave,  but 
Uie  sorrow  he  has  uccasiooed  jod,  I  believe  and  trost,  nill  be  but 
ironsieDt:  Uml  which  lie  liiu  gireamewill  be  as  kKling  as  mji  life: 
fou  look  astoaiebed: — alas!  but  for  liira,  I  might  now  have  beoo 
blest  with  a  daughter  aa  iovolj  and  as  amiable  as  Fitzalan's.  I  see 
joQ  are  too  delicate  to  eipre«a  ths  curiosity  1117  words  have  iiiEpired 
but  I  sliail  not  hesitate  to  gratify  it;  mj  relation  will  draw  the  tcAT 
of  pity  from  yonr  oye:  bnt  tJieaorrowa  of  others  often  recoouile  ua  to 


CIIAFTER  SXXI. 


ID  whflcalnc  tpin, 


OoLLa*!  Ona 


Ma^y  jears  are  now  elapsed  since  I  t«ok  up  my  residence  in  this 
leqneatered  hamlet.  I  retired  to  it  io  distaste  with  a  world,  whitse 
vicea  had  robbed  me  of  the  dearest  treasure  of  my  heart.  Two  diild- 
ren  cheered  my  soiitude,  and  in  training  them  np  to  virtne,  I  lost  the 
remembrance  of  half  my  cares.  Ify  son,  when  qaalified,  was  sent  to 
Oxford,  us  a  friend  had  promised  to  provide  for  him  in  the  church; 
hut  ray  danghter  was  destined  to  retirement,  not  only  from  the  nar- 
rowness of  my  income,  but  from  a  thorough  conviction  it  was  beat 
calculated  to  ensure  tier  felicity.  Juliana  was  the  child  of  innocence 
and  content,  she  knew  of  do  greater  happiness  than  tiiat  of  promoting 
mine ;  of  no  pleasurea  but  what  the  hamlet  conld  afford,  and  was  one 
of  the  gayest  as  well  aa  the  loveliest  of  its  daughtets.  One  fata] 
evening  I  soSered  her  to  go,  with  some  of  her  young  companiong,  to 
a  rustic  ball,  pven  by  the  parents  of  Bdgrave,  to  their  tenants,  on 
coming  down  to  Woodhooae,  fh>m  which  they  had  been  long  absent. 
The  graces  of  my  child  immediately  attracted  the  notice  of  liieir  son : 
though  yoong  in  yearn,  he  was  already  a  profeet  libertine;  the  oondncl 
at  hlafiitherhadset  him  an  eiampleofdissipation,  which  the  voUtUitj 


tU  CRiLDRZK    or   mm    aibbt. 

of  his  own  dispodtion  too  readily  iaeliaed  him  to  Iblloir.  HIi  hiMt 
burned iatelj  conceived  the  basest  acliemes  ■gsiost  Jnlionm,  whieh  tnt 
obacnritj  uf  her  situation  prompted  him  to  thluk  might  ItmSlj  W 
kCGOmpUEhcd, 

From  Ibis  period  he  took  erery  opportonitj  of  throwing  hfanMH 
in  her  way;  m;  Buspiciona,  or  nther  my  fbars  were  Boon  exdted,  br 
I  knew  not  t]ien  Che  real  depraritj  of  Belgr&Tfl ;  but  I  Imew  that  n 
sttAchment  between  him  and  mj  daughter  would  prove  •  lOiaM  of 
uneasiness  to  both,  from  the  disparity  fortnna  had  plaoed  t 
tnem.  Uj  task  of  convincicig  Juliana  of  the  improinietyof  cf 
ing  such  an  attachment,  was  not  a  difficult  one ;  hot  alai  1  I  aaw  tlM 
conTiction  was  attended  with  a  pang  of  angoiah,  which  pierced  m*  to 
ihe  sooL 

Belgrave,  from  the  assumed  softness  and  delicacy  of  his  mwmen,  bad 
made  an  impression  on  her  heart,  which  waa  not  to  be  erased ;  bywj 
efTort,  however,  which  prudence  could  snggest,  ahe  resolved  to  matka^ 
and  in  compliance  with  my  wishes,  avoided  Belgrava.  This  o 
toon  convinced  him  that  it  would  be  a  difBcolt  matter  to  Inll  my  o 


0B1LDRB.N      or      TUE      ABUBI'.  317 

tor  come  tiuie,  unable  to  attend  to  hia  raptures.  WLon  aLe  grew  com- 
posed, he  told  her  lie  was  rcturued  to  tmtke  her  liooouroUly  Lis;  but 
to  effect  tbiB  intention,  ajourne;  from  tlie  hamlet  was  requisite, 

Slie  torned  pnie  at  tlieso  wor<)fl,  and  dedared  she  never  would  coa  ■ 
lent  to  s  clandestine  measure. 

Tliis  declaration  did  not  discoarnge  BelgniTe;  lie  knew  the  Inter- 
est he  liud  in  her  lieart,  and  tliis  knowludge  gave  an  enen^  to  hia 
arguments,  which  gradually'  undermined  the  resolution  of  Jidiana. 
Alread}r,  he  said,  alio  biid  made  a  snfficient  sacrifice  to  filial  Halj; 
surely  something  was  now  due  to  love  like  his,  which,  on  her  account, 
wonld  cheerfully  submit  to  ionnmerable  difficnlties.  As  she  was 
under  age,  a  journey  to  Scotlaad  was  unavoiduble,  he  said,  and  he 
would  have  made  me  liis  confidant  on  the  occasion,  bnt  that  he 
feared  my  scmpnlons  delicacy  would  have  opposed  his  intentions,  oa 
contrary  to  parental  authority.  He  promised  Jullaua  to  bring  her 
back  to  the  hamlet  immediately  after  the  ceremony;  in  short,  the 
pUuBibility  of  his  arguments,  the  tenderness  of  his  persuBsions,  and 
the  secret  impulses  of  her  heart,  at  lost  prodnced  tlie  effect  he  wished, 
and  he  received  a  promise  from  her,  to  put  herself  nuder  his  pro- 
tection ttiat  very  night, 

Dut  oh  I  bow  impossible  to  describe  my  ogoniej  the  enaJng 
morning,  when,  instead  of  my  cliild,  I  foand  a  letter  in  her  room, 
inforuiiue  me  of  her  elopement;  tlioy  were  snch  as  a  parent  irem- 
bling  for  the  fame  and  happiness  of  his  rjhild,  may  conceive;  mj 
aenaea  must  have  sunk  beneath  them.,  had  Uiey  long  cootiaued;  but 
Belgrave,  according  to  his  promise,  hastened  back  my  child,  and  aa  1 
•at  solitary  and  pensive  in  the  aparticent  she  so  oAen  had  enlivened, 
I  laddeoty  beheld  her  at  my  feet,  anppoited  by  Belgrave  as  his  wife. 
8a  great  a  transition  from  despair  to  comfort,  was  almost  too  fiower- 
Ail  for  me  to  support.  1  asked  my  heart,  woa  lla  present  happineai 
real;  I  knelt,  I  received  my  child  in  my  arms;  in  tliose  feeble  arras 
I  seemed  to  raise  her  with  my  heart  to  henvcn  in  pions  gratitude,  fbr 
her  rotoniing  nnsnllied.  Tet  when  my  first  tmnaports  wor<  nliatod, 
I  could  nut  help  regrelting  her  ever  having  oiiiKentod  to  a  clandca- 
tioe  nuiun.  I  entreated  Belgravo  tc  write  in  the  moat  submitt'ive 
manner  to  his  father.  He  promised  to  comply  with  my  entreaty,  yel 
lilDl«d  his  fears,  that  his  compliance  would  be  uQattcoded  witli  Iht 
MflNiat  I  hojied.      Ho  ri>queated,  if  this  shoiiM   lie  i.hc  i-aiie,  I  wcnld 


I 


I 


I 


sit  caiLOBBH    or    ths    ASBitr. 

allow  hia  wife  to  reside  in  the  oottage  till  be  was  of  age.  Olil  how 
pledging  s  request  to  :jij  heart;  a  raontti  paaaed  away  iu  happioeiB, 
only  allayed  by  not  hearing  from  his  father.  At  the  expiration  at 
tliat  Ihne,  he  declared  be  mast  depart,  having  received  orders  to  Join 
Ilia  regiment,  but  promised  to  retorn  oa  soon  as  possible;  he  « 
pronii^ied  to  write,  but  a  fortnight  ela[>aed,  and  do  letter  arrived. 

Juliana  and  I  grew  alarmed,  hut  it  was  an  alarm  that  only  pn>- 
eeedcd  from  fears  of  his  being  ill.  We  were  flitting  one  moroiiig  > 
U'ealifast,  when  the  stopping  of  a  carriBge  drew  ub  from  the  table. 

tie  is  cornel  said  Juliana,  be  is  cornel  and  she  flew  to  open 
tlie  door,  when,  instead  of  her  expected  Belgravo,  she  beheld  hia 
father,  whose  dark  and  haughty  visage  procjaitned  that  he  came  oa 
no  charitable  intent.  Alas!  the  occasion  of  his  visit  was  too  soon 
explained ;  he  oame  to  have  the  tics,  which  bound  hia  sod  to  Joliam, 
brrikea.  My  child,  on  hearing  this,  with  firmness  declared,  that  sli« 
was  convinced  any  scheme  hia  cruelty  might  devise  to  separate  tliem, 
the  integrity,  as  weU  as  tenderness  of  his  son,  would  render  sbortiTe. 

Be  not  too  confident  of  that,  yonng  lady,  orted  he,  Broiling 
maliciously.  lie  then  proceeded  to  inform  her,  that  Belgrave,  so 
beiored,  and  ia  whose  integrity  she  so  confided,  had  himself  anUior- 
iiti  his  intentions,  being  determined  to  avail  liimself  of  Don-ago,  to 
have  the  marriage  brote, 

Jnliana  ooidd  bear  no  more:  aha  annk  fainting  on  the  bosom  of  bar 
wretched  father.  Oh  I  what  a  situation  was  mine,  when,  as  I  cIbi| 
her  wildly  to  my  heart,  and  called  upon  her  to  revive,  tiiat  heart 
whimpered  me,  it  was  cruelty  to  wish  she  shouldl  Alas]  too  m 
she  did,  to  a  keen  perception  of  misery.  T)je  marriage  was  dissolved, 
and  health  and  happiness  fled  from  her  togcUier:  yet,  from  compw- 
eion  to  me,  I  saw  she  stniggted  to  support  the  burthen  of  existence 
Every  remedy  which  had  a  chance  of  ]iruloDgiog  it,  I  administertd; 
but  aIbs  I  sorrow  was  routed  in  her  heart,  and  it  -wee  only  removal, 
which  was  impossible,  that  conld  heve  directed  her  recovery.  OhI 
how  often  have  I  stolen  from  ray  bod  to  the  door  of  her  apartment, 
trembling,  Icat  I  should  hear  the  lost  groan  escape  her  lips  I  how  often 
have  I  tlion  heard  her  deep  convu'^vo  sobs,  and  reproached  myself 
for  seilishnesa  at  the  moment,  for  wishing  the  cnntinnance  of  Itei 
being,  winch  waa  only  wisJiing  the  oontinuanoe  of  tier  misery!  Yea, 
I  hare  then  said,  I  resign  her,  my  Orentor,  nnto  Ihee :   I  resign  b 


1b>ui  &  certainty  that  only  wiili  tliee  she  can  eujoj  frlicily.  Bnt 
"sTasI  'mainnmcnt  fniil  naturtj  has  triumiihetl  over  such  a  resiguation, 
•ind  prostrnte  u;ran  the  gruand  I  have  implored  heaven  eitUer  to  span 
the  oLil<l,  or  take  the  father  along  with  her. 

She  saw  me  imiistial'.T  deprest  nne  ilay,  and  proposed  a  walk,  with 
the  hope  that  any  excision  from  lier  might  recruit  mj8]'irita:  but 
when  I  saw  my  child  in  the  very  Uuom  of  life,  unable  to  sostcua  her 
foelilo  frame :  when  I  felt  lier  leaning  on  my  almost  ncrveidsi  arm  for 
Gnppurt,  oh !  how  intolerable  wiu  tlie  aogaish  that  rived  my  heart  I 
In  vain  by  soft  endearments,  she  alrove  to  mitigate  if.  She  motioned 
ta  go  towardi  Woodboiue;  we  bad  got  within  sight  of  ttie  wood, 
nlien  slie  complained  of  faligae,  and  sat  domi.  She  had  not  been 
many  mill u tea  in  thia  situation, -when  she  beheld  oomiiig  from  the 
wood,  Uulgrave  aai  a  young  girl  she  knew  to  be  the  steword'a 
dang)it«r.  The  familiar  manner  in  whiah  they  appeared  converaing, 
left  little  room  to  doubt  of  the  footing  on  wliitih  they  were.  The 
hectic  glow  of^aliana'a  complexion,  gave  place  to  a  deadly  puleneaa: 
)he  arose  and  returned  with  me  in  ailenoe  to  the  cottage,  Irom 
whenue,  in  lese  than  a  week,  she  was  borne  to  her  grave. 

Eight  years,  continued  he,  after  a  pause  of  some  minutes,  have 
eJ&pacd  since  her  death,  yet  is  her  worth,  her  beauty,  and  her  suffer- 
tngs  Btill  fresh  in  the  remembrance  of  the  inhabitants  of  the  haml«L 
In  mine,  oh!  Misa  Fitialan,  how  painfully,  how  pleasingly,  do  they 
ttJU  exist;  no  noisome  weed  is  allowed  to  intonnin^le  in  the  high 
I  *^^rasti  which  has  overgrown  her  grave,  at  the  head  of  which  soma 
i*  kind  hand  has  planted  a  rose  tree,  whose  roses  blossom,  bloom,  and 
ile  upon  the  sacred  spot.  Uy  child  is  gone  before  me  to  that  earthly 
o  which  I  hoped  she  would  have  smoothed  my  passage.  Every 
in  and  about  the  cottage,  continually  recalls  her  to  ray  view: 
B  cmoraenta  of  this  little  room,  were  ail  the  work  of  that  band, 
e  mouldered  into  dnst :  in  that  bed — he  stopped,  he  gronned, 
Md  tears  burst  from  him — in  that  bad,  resumed  he,  (in  a  low 
krinntea,  tbough  with  a  broken  voice)  she  breathed  lier  laat  sigh ;  in 
.t  spot  I  knelt  wkI  recvived  the  lo-it  pressure  of  her  clay  cold  lipa. 
I  night  when  nil  is  hashed  to  repose,  I  love  to  contemplate 
that  heaven,  to  which  1  have  given  bu  angel  r  an  angel  to  wliom,  T 
>,  ahorUy  to  be  reunited :  without  such  a  hope,  surely  of  all  men 
Wlhing,  I  sbonid  be  tlie  nioBl  wretched :  oh.  how  cruel  is  it  t!i*u 


9S0  CHILDHKir      OF      TBI      ABSBT. 

In  ttiose  who,  hy  raining  ilonbts  of  ftti  hercnncr,  attempt  to  dcatroj 
aiicb  a  liojie.  Yo  soiis  of  error,  lii  Jo  the  iiii|iiou«  duulilit  witJitn  jour 
hearts,  nor  wiili  wanton  barbarity  endeavour  to  deprive  ilie  muer^le 
uf  tbeir  lust  cuinfort :  wbcn  tliis  worlil  pre-^ciits  nutbing  but  a  drearj 
]irospeet,  liow  ebeering  to  tbe  afflicted  to  reflect  in  t'lat  flitnra  one, 
wliere  all  will  bo  briglit  and  bappy. — 'Wben  wo  mourn  over  tlie  lost 
friends  of  our  tenderest  alTuctions,  obi  bow  consolatory  to  think  wa 
■liall  be  re-unitcd  to  tliem  again ;  bow  often  lias  tliis  thoaght 
luspendcd  my  tears  and  stopped  my  sigtiB;  inspired  by  it  with 
eudJen  Joy,  often  Lave  I  risen  from  tbe  cold  bed  wbere  Juliana  liea, 
and  esclaiined,  "O  death,  ivliere  is  thy  stingi  0  grave,  where  i*  thy 
victory  {"  botli  lost  in  the  certainty  of  again  beliolding  n)y  child. 

Amanda  lihed  tear:^  of  soft  eompiUision  fur  tlie  fate  of  Juliana,  umI 
the  siirniivs  of  ber  father,  and  felt  if  i>ossib]e,  her  gratitude  to  he»TMi 
incri'ascd,  for  preserving  her  fjuni  t!ic  liuarcs  of  snch  ■  monster  of 
deceit  and  biirbmity  as  Beigra^e. 

Iliiu't^ll  rtUevcd  the  nnxicty  ehe  laboured  under  about  the  means  of 
retiirriini-  Iiouil',  by  assnrinf;  her  be  would  not  only  supply  her  with  ■ 


SSI 


■  The  grave  was  ilii^tioguiBbed  by  the  rose  tree  U  ila  hen<] :  tbe 
Kniing  breeie  gentif  ngiuted  tlio  higli  and  liixuriaQt  grass  vhich 
Wwed  it.  Amanda  gazed  on  it  with  ineipressible  udnoss,  but  do 
Botjona  it  ucit«d  in  ber  breast,  she  endesToiircd  Lo  ctieck  in  {dtjr 
D  the  wretched  father,  wb<i  eiclaiuted,  while  tears  tricbled  down  his 

e  and  furrowed  cheelM,  "there  lies  my  tressare." 
.    Sbo  tried  to  divert  hiin  ^om  hia  sorrow,  by  talking  ot  his  sou. 
IfijBha  described  hia  Lttle  reai<I«nce,  whicii  he  bad  uever  seeu  .  thui,  by 
.:f«ciUliQK  to  bis  reoollecIJoti  tbe  blesaings  he  yet  possessed,  cheoking 
his  angnisb  for  those  be  bad  lost. 

The  weakness  of  AmiLodn  wonld  not  allow  them  to  travel  expedi- 
tionsly.  They  slept  one  night  on  the  road,  and  the  next  day,  to  hei 
great  joy,  arrived  at  Park  Gate,  as  ube  had  all  along  (treaded  a  pur- 
suit from  Belgrave.  A  packet  was  to  siul  about  four  o'clock  in  the, 
afternoon ;  she  partook  of  a  slight  repaet  with  her  beuevolei'.'.  friond, 
who  attended  her  to  the  boat,  and  with  storting  tears,  gave  and 
received  an  adien.  She  promised  to  write  as  eoou  as  s'.ie  reached 
home,  and  assured  him  hia  kindness  would  never  be  obliterated  from 
her  hesn.  Ue  watched  her  tjll  she  entered  the  ship,  then  rcturnei] 
U>  Uie  iuD,  and  immediately  set  off  for  the  handet,  with  a  mind  some- 
what oheered  by  the  oonsciousness  of  having  served  a  felli>-y  erta- . 
tore. 


CHAPTER    SXXn. 

Tliv  hnaj  emU  of  tnocoBe  breftUtlDfl  moi 


K  weakness  which  Amanda  felt  in  cooaequenpc  of  her  Utu  illiipss. 

.end  the  excessive  sickness  she  always  suffered  at  sea,  made  her  retire 

.40  bed  immediately  on  entering  the  packet,  where  she  conlinaed  till 

ii  evening  of  tbe  second  day,  when  about  Are  o'clock  she  was 

f  i^dtnl  at  the  mariue  hotel.    Bbe  directly  requested  tlie  waiter  u 

T  tn  go  into  town,  whii-h  being  done  Klie  imtI 


to  engage  a  plaw  in  the  nortliem  mail  coach,  Ihat  went  williin  Htw 
miles  (if  Caiitle  Ciirberry.  If  a  place  could  uot  be  procared,  sha 
ordered  a  chaise  night  be  bireil,  that  would  imniediatelT  set  unt  wrth 
her,  as  tbe  nights  were  moon-light,  hut  to  her  grent  joy  the  man 
epeedilj  retomed,  and  informed  her  he  had  secured  a  seat  Id  tbe 
coach,  whicli  «he  thouglit  a  niuoh  safer  mode  of  travelling  for  her, 
thin  in  a  hired  carriage,  without  an;  attendnnt. — She  took  Mnne 
ii'ijht  refreshment,  and  tlien  proceeded  to  the  mail  hotel,  from  whenot, 
at  elfcven  I'cltck,  she  set  ont,  in  compnnj-  with  one  old  genlleman, 
■who  very  composedly  put  on  a  largo  woolen  night  cap,  buttoned  op 
hia  gfeat  coat,  and  full  into  S  profound  sleep ;  lie  was,  perhnp*,  juat 
■acl)  a  hind  of  companion  as  Amanda  desired,  as  be  neither  tcazed 
her  with  insipid  conversation,  or  impertinent  questions,  but  loft  her 
nndisturjed  to  indulge  her  meditations  during  the  journey.  The 
aeconl  ^vining,  about  eight  o'clock,  she  arrived  at  the  nearest  tows 
to  Cistli  noi'borry,  for  which  slie  directly  procured  a  chaise,  and  wt 
off. 

Ber  epir.ts  were  painfull;  agitated:  she  dreaded  the  shock  her 
father  wjuld  receive  from  heoring  of  her  fiulTeringa,  which  it  wonld 
be  impossible  to  conceal  from  him ;  she  trembled  at  what  they  would 
both  !bi\  on  the  ap|)n>acliing  interview :  sometimes  she  feared  he  bod 
already  .loard  of  her  distress,  and  a  gloomy  presage  rose  in  her  mind, 
of  the  anguish  she  shonld  find  him  in  on  her  account:  yet  again, 
when  she  reflected  on  the  fortitude  he  had  hitherto  displayed  In  hi* 
trials,  under  the  present,  she  trusted,  he  would  not  lose  it;  and  that 
he  wonld  not  only  support  himself^  but  her,  and  bind  up  those 
wounds  in  her  heart,  which  perfidy,  cruelly,  and  ingratitade  had 
made.  And  oh !  thought  slie  to  herself,  when  1  find  myself  again  in 
his  arms,  no  temptation  sliall  allure  m"  *rom  them ;  allure  me  into  a 
world,  wliere  my  peaoo  and  fame  hove  alreadf  suffered  such  a  wreck. 
Thus  nllema'e'y  fitietnnting  between  hope  and  fear,  Amanda  pnrsued 
tlie  rood  to  Castle  Carberry ;  but  the  btt-ir  sensation  was  predominaul 
In  her  mind. 

Ttie  imcommon  gloominess  of  tlie  orening  added  to  her  d^eotton , 
the  dark  ^ud  lowering  clonds  threatened  a  violent  stomt;  already  a 
djower  of  sleet  and  rain  waa  falling,  and  every  thing  looked  cold  nud 
peerless.  Amanda  thought  the  cabins  infinitely  more  wretched  than 
(Then  fhr  had  first  eeen  litem:  many  of  ihcir   miserable  inbabitmta 


i  yrtre  now  gathering  their  tittle  fiucka  together,  and  driving  tiiem 

L^^der  shelter  from  the  coming  atorni.     The  labourers  were  de«n  ha;:- 

ning  to  their  respective  homes,  whilst  the  jilongh-boy,  with  ft  low 

lod  melancholy  whistle,  drove  his  slow  and  wearied  tenm  along, 

JiTliBsea  looked  rongh  and  blnoli,  and  as  Amanda  drew  nearer  to  11, 

e  heard  it  breaking  with  fory  against  the  rocks. 

She  fdt  herself  extremely  ill :  she  had  left  the  hamlet  ere  lier  fever 

s  Buhdued,  and  fatigue,  joined  to  wont  of  rest,  now  brought  il 

ftlback  with  all  its  fomier  violence.    She  longed  for  rest  and  qniet,  and 

fa^uted  aod  believed  these  wonld  conquer  her  malady. 

The  chsiiw  atopped  at  the  entrance  of  tiie  lawn,  as  she  wished  to 
have  her  father  pretiared  for  her  arrival,  by  one  of  the  servants.  On 
■lighting  from  it,  it  retnmed  to  town,  and  she  atrack  into  a  grove, 
aod  b;  a  winding  path  reached  the  coatle.  Her  limbs  trembled,  and 
she  knocked  with  nn  unsteady  hand  at  the  door.  The  sound  was 
Bwfullj  rererbernted  through  the  building:  some  minates  elapsed, 
and  no  being  appeared;  neither  coold  she  perceive  a  ray  of  light 
from  any  of  tlie  windows;  tbo  wind  blew  the  rain  directly  in  her 
face,  and  her  weakness  increased  eo  she  conld  scarcely  stand.  5he 
recollected  a  small  door  at  the  bock  of  the  castle,  which  led  to  the 
apartments  appropriated  to  the  domestics;  she  walked  feebly  to  tliis, 
to  try  and  gain  admittance,  and  found  it  ojica.  She  proceeded 
through  a  long,  dark  passage,  on  each  side  of  which  were  small 
rooms,  tili  she  csme  to  the  kitchen ;  here  she  found  the  old  woman 
sitting  (to  whom  tlie  core  of  the  castle  was  usually  consigned),  befbre 
a  large  turf  fire.  On  hearing  a  footstep,  elie  looked  behind,  and  when 
fke  saw  Amanda,  started,  screamed,  and  betrayed  symptoniB  of  the 
utmost  terror. 

"  Are  you  frightened  at  seeing  me,  my  good  Kate  t"  cried  Amanda. 
"Oh  holy  virpn,"  replied  Kate,  crossing  her  breast,  "one  cuuld 
I  jot  help  being  frightened,  to  have  a  body  steal  nnawarea  upon  them." 
"  My  father  is  well,  I  hope  ?"  said  Amanda. 
"  Alack-a-day,"  cried  Eate,  "  the  poor  dear  captain  has  gone 
F  ttiroiigh  a  sea  of  troubles  since  yon  went  away." 
"  Is  he  ill !"  encloimed  Amanda, 

"  m,  ay,  and  the  Lord  knows  he  has  reason  enough  to  be  ill.  Bat 
f  jpy  dear  jewel,  do  you  know  nothing  at  all  of  what  has  liappenod  at 
[   fte  Oftstle  sicce  yon  wont  away  ?" 


IM  IIILHIII    OI    III    A.»M> 

**  No,  nothing  in  the  world." 

"  HeoveQ  help  you  Uien,"  suid  Kate ;  "  but  mj  dew  winl,  »it  down 
DpoD  tliis  little  stool,  And  wami  joureelf  before  the  fire,  for  yoa  look 
pale  Eud  cold,  and  I  will  tell  joq  ai!  obont  it.  Yon  must  know, 
sboaC  three  weeke  ago  my  JuboateD  broD(;ht  the  cnptain  a  letter  from 
the  pofit-offico ;  he  knew  by  the  niork  it  was  a  letter  from  SngiMii] ; 
and  »o  when  he  comes  ioto  the  kitclion  to  me,  Kate,  says  he,  th» 
Ntptain  has  got  Gomethiag  now  to  cheer  his  spirits,  for  he  has  heard 
from  Miss  I  am  stire.  So  to  be  »iire  I  said  I  was  glad  of  it,  for  yon 
mnst  know,  my  dear,  he  wm  in  low  spirits,  and  peaking,  as  one  maj 
•ay,  for  a  few  days  before.  TV  ell,  it  was  always  my  custom  when  he 
got  a  letter  from  England,  to  go  to  him  as  &oon  as  I  thonght  he  had 
read  it,  and  adc  about  yua ;  so  I  put  on  a  dean  apron,  and  np  I  goM 
to  the  parloar,  and  opened  the  door  atid  walked  iu.  '  Welt  air,'  mji 
I, '  1  hope  there  is  good  now*  from  Miss  V 

"  Tlie  captain  was  sitting  with  the  letter  opoD  before  turn  on  tb» 
table ;  he  had  a  handkercl'ief  to  his  eyes,  hut  when  I  spoke  lie  took 
it  down,  sod  I  saw  his  face,  which  generally  looked  so  pale,  now 
quite  till! 


wen  ^t  tlien 


CU t LDRS  » 


«M 


giving  them  both  characters,  which  I  warrant  will 
od  places  ng^n.  Well,  he  said  he  inusl  eet  off  for 
t  day,  so  everj  thing  was  got  read;;  but  io  the 
middle  of  the  night  he  was  seized  with  apBeme  in  hla  atoniaoh ;  be 
;|faouglit  himseif  djing,  and  at  la.'-t  rung  the  bell,  aad  as  good  lack 
nrouiJ  have  it,  m^  Johnnten  beard  it,  and  went  up  to  him  directl; ; 
tl^^  ji  been  withoot  relief  much  longer,  1  think  he  would  have  died. 
JoUcatcn  called  me  up ;  I  hod  a  choice  bottle  of  old  brandy  lying  by 
me,  so  1  BDOD  blew  up  a  Sre,  and  heating  a  cup  of  it,  gave  it  to  him 
diieoily.  Ue  grew  a  little  ea^er,  but  was  (oo  bad  id  the  moniing  to 
thmk  of  going  on  Lis  Journey,  which  grieved  him  sadly.  He  got  up, 
ha'flever,  and  wrote  a  large  pacquet,  which  he  sent  by  Johnatea  to 
the  t>ost-office;  pnclied  np  aome  tilings  in  a  trunk  and  put  bis  m«I 
Dpon  bis  desk;  be  «aid  be  would  not  eiay  in  Uie  castle  npon  any 
account,  bo  he  went  out  as  soon  as  Johiiaten  came  bock  Oom  the  poat- 
office,  leaning  upon  his  arm,  and  got  a  little  lodging  at  Thady  Bryue'a 

"Merciful  baavenl"  exclaimed  the  agonized  and  almost  faiuting 
Amanda,  ''support  and  strengtlieu  me  in  this  trying  hourl  enable  ma 
to  comfort  my  anfortanate  father;  preserve  me  from  sinking,  that  I 
may  endeavour  to  assist  bim."  Tears  accoinjianied  this  fervent  ^aou- 
tioa,  and  her  voice  was  lost  in  sobs. 

"  Alack-a-day,"  said  the  good  uatursd  Kate,  "  now  don't  take  it  so 
aadly  to  heart,  my  jewel;  all  is  not  lost  that  is  in  danger,  and  thera 
ia  aa  good  &^  in  the  sea  as  ever  were  caught ;  and  what  though  tbia 
is  a  stormy  night,  to-morrow  may  be  a  line  day.  Wby  the  very  firat 
sight  of  you  will  do  the  captain  good.  Come  dieer  up,  1  will  gn^A 
you  some  nice  hot  jiotatoes  for  your  supper,  tor  yon  see  the  pot  is  Jaat 
boiUng,  and  some  fresh  cliurued  bntter-milk,  and  by  the  Ume  you 
have  eaten  it,  Johnaten  perhaps  may  come  back ;  hu  bos  gone  b> 
town  to  get  some  beef  for  onr  Sunday  dinner,  and  then  I  will  go  with 
you  to  fhody's  myself." 

"Ko,  no,"  cried  Amanda,  "every  minute  I  now  stay  from  luy 
fikiher  seems  an  age:  too  long  lias  he  been  neglected:  too  long 
without  a  friend  to  sootli  or  attend  hira.  Oh  grant,  gracioua  hearen, 
grant,"  raising  her  clasped  bauds,  "  that  1  may  not  have  returned  Ljo 
IaL«  to  l>e  of  use  to  him." 

Kate  prL-st  her  to  «tRt  for  Jobnal«n's  return;  but  the  agnnj  of 


OBILDKIH     D 

e  ecidared  till  she  eaw  her  father,  made  her  regftrdlcniC 
walking  nloDe,  though  the  hoar  was  late,  d&rk  and  tcuipestcoiA 
£r>te  lindiog  her  entreatiea  vain,  attended  her  to  the  door,  aB»iiiriiig 
ber  if  Johnsteu  returued  soon,  tihe  would  go  over  herself  to  the  caluu, 
ud  Bee  if  she  oonld  do  luijthiiig  for  her.  Amanda  preat  her  hand, 
but  was  nnabje  to  Bpeak.  Ill,  weak,  aod  dispirited,  she  had  flatiereit 
herself,  on  returning  to  her  father,  ahe  should  receive  relief,  buppott, 
ud  oousoktion:  in!«C«ad  of  whiclj,  heart-brukui  as  she  was,  ehenuir 
fooDd  she  must  give,  or  at  least  attempt  giving  them  herself.  Sho 
had  before  experieoued  distrea?,  but  the  actual  pressure  of  poverty 
■be  had  never  yet  felt.  Heretofore  she  ha>t  alwa;?s  a  iMinfnttttUt 
Mylum  to  re[)air  to,  but  now  she  not  only  found  herself  deprived  of 
that,  but  of  all  means  of  procuring  one,  or  even  the  ueoessariea  of  Ufa. 
But  if  she  mourned  for  herself,  how  much  more  severely  did  iba 
mourn  for  her  adored  fktlierl  Gould  she  have  procured  bim  oomfortt 
could  she  in  any  degree  have  alleviated  bis  situation,  the  liorrora  of 
her  own  would  have  becu  lessened :  but  of  this  she  had  not  tbo 
Hllgbtest  means  or  prospect.  Her  father,  she  knew,  posseaiwd  tho 
I  aliort  a  time,  to  be  enabled  to  save  any  money.  partioulariT 


otiiLDiiKS    or    riiK     Annicr.  »27 

Treltb',^  u  it  wa«,  she  was  glad  wheu  she  readied  it,  fiir  the  vioIeiicM 
of  t'.e  ,*ti>nii,  cfi  llie  lnuelineas  of  th«  road,  Lad  terrified  bar.  Th« 
coliio  was  but  a  few  jarda  from  the  beach  i  tliere  ware  two  wi&dowa 
in  twat;  OD  one  side  a  pile  of  turf,  and  on  ttie  otber  a  eiied  for  tJia 
pi)^  ill  trliioli  ttie^  now  Iny  gmnting:  the  Bhatters  were  fiutaned  OC 
tie  windows  to  prevent  tlieir  being  aiiakoD  b;  die  wind;  but  throngh 
the  crevicea  Anintida  saw  light,  which  consineed  her  the  inliabitanta 
were  not  jet  retired  to  repose.  She  feared  her  Buddenly  appearing 
t>fore  her  father,  iu  hie  present  weak  »tHte,  might  liaro  s  dangiorona 
effect  npon  biio,  and  she  stood  before  the  cabin,  considering  how  she 
fh'-ild  have  her  arrival  broke  to  him.  Slie  at  laat  tapped  gentlj  at 
the  dour,  and  then  retreated  a  few  steps  from  it,  shivering  with  the 
vet  and  cold:  iu  the  beautifnl  language  of  Solomon  she  might  have 
aiud,  "  her  head  was  filled  with  dew,  and  her  locks  with  the  drops  of 
the  night."  A»  she  expected,  the  door  was  almoat  instantly  opened; 
a  boy  appeared,  whom  she  know  to  be  son  to  the  pour  people.  Bha 
held  iif  her  liandkcrdiief,  and  beckoned  him  to  her ;  !ie  hesitated  as  If 
afraid  to  advnnce,  till  nbe  called  hiin  softlj  b;  his  name ;  this  assured 
him ;  he  approached  and  expressed  astonishment  at  finding  she  wei 
the  person  who  called  him.  She  inquired  for  her  father,  and  heard 
he  was  ill,  and  then  asleeji.  She  desired  the  htij  to  enter  the  cabin 
before  her,  and  cantion  his  parents  against  making  any  noise  that 
might  disturb  him;  he  obeyed  her,  and  she  followed  hirn. 
■    She  lonnd  tlie  father  of  the  family  blowing  a  tnrf  fire,  to  hasten 

e  boiling  of  a  large  pot  of  potatoes.  Three  ragged  children  were 
letting  before  it,  watching  impatiently  for  their  supper.  The  mother 
^■B  spinning,  and  their  old  grandmother  making  bread.      The  plaoe 

IS  small  and  crowded :  half  tlie  family  slept  below,  and  the  other 
lialf  up  aloft,  to  which  they  ascended  by  a  ladder,  and  upon  which  e 
Vtmber  of  fowls  were  now  tamiliurly  roosting,  cnckling  at  every 
ItolM  made  below.  Fitzolan's  room  was  divided  tVom  tl;e  rest  of  the 
D  by  a  thia  partition  of  wood,  plastered  with  pictaree  of  suntd 


aid  the  1 


IS  of  the  n 


'  "Save  yon  kindly,  madain,"  i 
Iftmaada,  on  entering  it. 

Bryoa  gut  Dp,  and  with  many  iicrapea,  offered  her  his  little  slouJ 
^Jlfore  tlie  fire.     She  thanked  him,  and  accepted  it;  bis  wife,  nut. 
Wthitaadlng  the  obligaljuni  ahe  lay  imder  to  her,  saemnd  tn  think  as 


niQcb  reep«ct  was  not  dne  to  her  as  wtien  nuKtrcas  of  th«  rjudt,  i 
UiensTcire  nevor  left  her  seat,  or  quitted  her  spinning,  on  her  enttatioft. 

■'  My  poor  father  is  very  ill,"  said  Amanda, 

"  Wbj,  indeed  the  captain  hts  hatl  a  bad  time  of  it,"  onawod 
Mrs,  Bryoe,  jogging  her  wheel ;  "  to  be  sure  Lo  Uaa  eaSeraX  some  lit 
tie  change;  but  your  great  fulka,  as  well  oa  your  simple  Tolka,  mMt 
iook  to  that  in  Ihig  world;  and  1  dim't  know  why  they  should  c}\ 
for  they  are  do  better  than  the  othera,  I  believe," 

"  Arra,  Norah,  now,"  said  Bryne,  "I  wonder  yon  are  not  shy  ri 
ipeoting  80  to  the  poor  yonng  lady," 

Amanda's  heart  was  surcharged  with  grief;  she  fi-lt  mfibcating; 
■he  arose,  nnlatched  the  door,  and  the  keen  oold  air  a  Uttle  revived  hw. 
Toara  burat  forth :  she  indulged  them  freely,  and  they  lightvned  thj 
load  on  her  heart.  She  asked  for  a  glass  of  water :  a  glass  was  not 
reaililT  to  be  procured.  Bryne  told  har  she  had  better  take  a  noggit 
of    butter-milk.     This   she    refused,    and   he   brought   her   one 

She  now  conquered  the  reluctance  she  felt  to  speak  to  tha  nniiu 
Ifra,  Bryne,  and  consujted  her  on  the  html  method  of  lueutiuQing  her 
arrival  to  her  father,  Mrs.  Bryne  said  he  had  been  in  bed  sometime, 
but  hi«  sleep  was  on«n  interropted,  and  she  would  now  step  into 
chamber,  and  try  if  he  was  awake;  she  accordingly  did  so,  but 
returned  in  a  moment,  and  said  he  iilill  ulept. 

Amondn  wished  to  see  him  in  his  present  situation,  to  Judge  how 
iar  bis  illness  had  aflbcted  bim ;  she  stepped  ttoiUy  into  his  ronai 
was  small  and  low,  lighted  by  a  glimmering  rush-light,  and  a  ileclin- 
ing  fire.  The  forniture  was  poor  and  scanty,  in  one  oomer  stood  a 
wooden  bedstead,  viithoQt  ourlaiiis  or  any  shade,  and  un  this,  uodar 
susersble  bed-cluthes,  lay  poor  Fitxalan. 

Amanda  ahaddered  aa  she  looked  roimd  this  chamber  of  wi  etched* 
ness.  "  Oh,  my  fatiier,"  she  cried  to  herself,  "  b  this  the  only  refiige 
you  could  findt"  She  want  to  the  bed,  she  leaned  over  it,  and 
beheld  hia  face ;  it  was  deadly  pale  and  emoriated ;  he  mooned  in 
klee]),  aa  if  his  mind  was  dreadfnily  o[ipressed.  Suddenly  he  began  ia 
move;  he  sighed — "Amanda,  my  dearest  child,  shall  1  never  mure 
behold  you?" 

Amanda  was  obli^  to  hssten  &om  the  room,  to  give  vent  to  hat 
Mnotiooa ;  she  sobhed,  «he  wrung  bcr  bnnds,  and  in  tl  e  billemcM  of 


ridb 


l%iBr!ViQl  eicliumed,  "AUsl  Bias]  I  have  returned  too  late  to  m 


I 

■  T1]e7  soon  after  heard  him  stir.  She  requested  Mrs.  Brjne  to  go 
H  Nb,  uid  oauiioiislj  infonn  him  she  was  come.  She  cunipUed,  and  in 
H  %  moment  Amanda  heard  him  saj,  "Thank  heaven,  my  dai'ling  b 
^  ■*«nnied." 

"  Yun  may  now  go  in,  Miss,"  swd  Mrs.  Brjne,  coming  from  the 

Amaada  went  in :  lier  Tatber  was  raised  in  the  bed ;  his  arms  wero 
eitenilfcd  to  receive  her;  slie  threw  herself  into  them;  langnage  waa 
denied  them  both,  but  tears,  aveu  more  expresaive  than  worda, 
evinced  their  feelings.  Fitzalan  lirst  recovered  his  voice.  "My 
prayer,"  e^d  be,  is  granted;  heaven  has  restored  m;  child,  to 
smooth  the  pillow  of  sickneKS,  and  aooth  the  lost  nomenta  of  exist- 
ence." 

"Oh,  my  father,"  cried  Amanda,  "have  pity  on  me,  and  mention 
not  those  moments;  exert  yonrself  for  your  child,  who,  in  this  wide 
world,  ha9  she  bnt  thee  to  comfort,  SDpport,  and  beirieDd  ber?" 
"Indeed,"  said  he,  "for  yonrsake  I  wish  tliey  may  be  far  distant." 
He  held  her  at  a  little  distance  from  bim;  he  snrveyed  her  face, 
her  form;  her  altered  complexion,  her  fallen  features,  appeiired  to 
■hock  him;  he  clasped  her  again  to  bis  bosom.  "The  world,  my 
ehild,  I  fear,"  cried  he,  "  baa  nsed  tbee  most  unkindly." 

"Oh I  most  omelly,"  sobbed  Amanda. 

'    "Then,  my  girl,  let  the  rofiection  of  that  world,  where  innocenoe 

Tirtue  will  meet  a  proper  reward,  console  yon ; — here  they  are 

n  permitted  to  be  tried;  but  as  gold  is  tried  and  pnrilied  by  fire, 

b  tn  they  hy  adversity.    Those  whom  God  loves  he  chaatises. — Let 

a  Idea  give  you  patience  and  fortitade,  ander  every  trial;  never 

a  your  dependence  on  him,  though  calamity  should  pursue  yon 

b  the  very  brink  of  the  grave ;  but  bo  comforted  by  the  assuraiioe  he 

B  given,  that  those  who  meekly  bear  the  cross  he  lays  upon  them 

U  be  rewarded :  that  be  will  wipe  away  all  tears  from  their  eyee, 

bd  swallow  np  death  in  victory. 

"Tliough  a  soldier  fkim  my  yonth,  and  accustomed  to  all  the  liiei> 

3  of  oimpx,  I  never  forgot  my  Creator,  and  I  now  find  the 

aflt  of  not  having  done  so:  now,  when  my  friendB  desert,  the 

ns  npon  me ;  when  sirkoess  and  sorrow  have  overwlielmed 


390  CUILDKEN      UP      IBB      ABBET. 

me,  reli^on  stands  me  in  good  stood ;  consolra  me  for  wlibt  I  lost,  mtt 
0on«iui  the  remembrance  of  the  past,  by  prcAentiug  prosp^ts  of  tbtim 
■brightness," 

Bo  spoke  Fitzolaa  the  piotu  Benlimente  of  his  soul,  and  thejcaJioed 
the  ogitAtioDS  oi  Amanda.  Ue  found  her  ulotbea  were  wet,  and 
insisted  on  her  cliunging  tliem  diroctlj.  la  the  bundle  inc  good 
Eleanor  gave  her,  was  a  change  of  linen  and  ft  cotton  wrapper,  -which 
she  now  put  on,  iu  a  small  closet,  or  rather  shed,  ai^joluing  her  father's 
room.  A  good  fire  waa  made  up,  a  lietter  light  bronght  In,  and  mhoo 
bread  and  wine  Iroin  a  email  cupboard  in  tlie  room  whiidt  contained 
Fituhiu's  tilings,  set  before  her,  of-which  he  made  her  immedUtely 
partake,  tie  tooic  a  glass  of  wine  hitnself  from  her,  and  tried  to  oheer 
her  spirits.  "Ua  had  been  daily  expecting  her  arrivul,"  UeAald,  ''and 
had  had  a  pallet  and  bed  clothes  liept  ^ring  for  her;  im  hoped  she 
v'onld  nut  be  disBatislied  with  sleeping  in  tlie  closet. 

"  Abl  mj  iiathor,"  Mho  cried,  "can  jou  ask  yonr  dnnghter  such  a 
qnestion  J"  She  expressed  her  fears  of  itguring  liim  by  having  du- 
tarbed  bi«  repose.  "No,"  hesajd,  "it  was  a  delightful  intermption ; 
it  was  a  relief  from  pwn  and  anxiety." 

Lord  Oherbnry,  he  informed  her,  had  written  him  a  letter,  whitih 
pierced  bim  to  the  soul.  "He  accused  me,"  said  he,  "of  endearoar- 
ing  to  promote  a  marriage  betweien  you  and  Lord  Mortimer;  of 
treacherously  trying  to  counteract  his  views,  and  take  advantage  of 
his  unsuspecting  friendship.  I  wna  shocked  at  tliese  accusationn; 
but  how  excruciating  would  my  anguish  have  l>een,  had  I  reaUj 
diaerved  them;  I  soon  determined  upon  the  conduct  I  shooid  adopt, 
whioli  was  to  deny  the  justice  of  his  oliarges  and  resign  hia  agency, 
fur  any  farther  dealings  with  a  man,  who  could  think  me  capable  of 
meanness  or  doplicity,  was  not  to  be  thooght  of.  My  accuuntd  wera 
always  in  a  state  to  allow  me  to  resign  at  a  moment's  warning.  It 
was  my  intention  to  go  to  England,  put  them  into  Lord  Cherbary'a 
hands,  and  take  tny  Amanda  from  a  place  where  she  might  meet 
with  indignities,  as  little  merited  by  her,  as  those  her  father  had 
received  were  by  him.  A  Hodden  and  dj-eadful  dinonJer,  which  I  am 
convinced  tlie  agitation  of  my  niiud  brought  on,  prevented  my 
executing  thia  intention.  I  wrote,  however,  to  his  lordsliip,  arqnaint- 
ilig  him  with  my  resignation  of  his  agency,  sad  tronsmittitg  my 
srrears.      I  *ent  •  letter  to  you  ri  thu  M-roe  time,  and  a 


OHiLDRBN    or    TJiic    ADBsr.  Sai 

11  remiltonce,  for  your  immediata  retorn,  and  then  retired  Inna 

»  castle,  for  I  felt  a  longer  continuaDcw  in  it  would  dogrado  we  to 

a  diameter  of  a  mean  degtendant,  imd  intimated  a  lia|te  of  being 

ostattid  in  mj  former  atation;  wbicli,  should  Lord  Cberbur;  now 

'.  I  slioutd  r^eot,  for  ignoble  roast  be  the  mind  wliioh  could 

'■ooept  of  favours  from  those  who  doubted  its  integritj.    Agoinat 

axvAi  condiuit  mj  feelings  revolt ;  poverty  to  me,  is  more  welcome 

tliui  indepeodence,  when  purchased  with  the  low  of  Bell'-esteein," 

Ainanda  perceived  her  father  knew  nothing  of  her  auflerijigs,  but 
inppoaed  her  return  occasioned  by  his  letter;  abe  iJierefure  resolved, 
iJ'  puseible,  cot  to  undeceive  bim,  at  leaat  till  his  health  was  better. 

The  night  was  far  advanced,  and  her  father  who  saw  her  ill,  and 
■bnoat  siidciog  with  tatigne,  requested  her  to  retire  to  reat;  she 
accordingly  did.  Qer  bed  was  made  up  in  the  Utile  closet;  Mn. 
firyne  assisted  her  to  undress,  and  brought  her  a  bowl  of  whey, 
which,  she  trusted,  with  a  comfortable  sleep,  would  carry  off  her 
feverish  symptoms,  and  enable  her  to  be  her  fatlier's  nurse,        • 

Her  rest,  however,  was  far  from  being  comfortable ;  it  was  brokeo 

by  horrid  dreams,  in  which  she  beheld  the  pole  and  emaciated  £gure 

of  her  father,  suffering  Ibe  most  exquisite  tortures ;  and  when  she 

started  from  these  dreams,  she  heard  hia  deep  moans,  which  were 

like  daggers  going  through  her  heart.     She  aroeo  oDce  or  twice,  snp- 

pusing  him  in  pain,  but  when  she  went  U>  his  bed  she  found  him 

asle«p,  and  was  convinced  from  that  ciroumstonoe,  bii  pain  was 

more  of  the  meatid  than  the  bodily  kind.    She  felt  extremely  ill ;  ber 

bonea  were  sore  from  the  violent  motion  of  the  carriage,  and  she  fiui* 

oied  rest  would  do  her  good ;  hat  when,  towards  morning,  she  wu 

inclined  to  take  some,  she  was  oiitnpktely  pi'event«d  by  the  noise  the 

children  mode  on  risitig.     Fearful  of  negiootiug  her  lather,  she  arose 

soon  after  herself;  but  was  scarculy  able  to  put  ou  her  clothea  from 

_  AKCessive  weakness.    She  found  him  in  bed,  but  awake.    He  wel- 

KMBatied  her  with  a  languid  smile,  and  ertending  hia  hand,  which  was 

J  fctdnced  to  mere  skin  and  bone,  said,  "  that  joy  was  a  greater  enemy 

I  repose  than  grief,  aud  had  broken  bis  earlier  tlian  usual  that 

loming." 

B  W'H<^  mode  her  sit  down  by  him;  he  g(wed  on  her  with  unutterable 

B  ^mderoCBS :  "  In  divine  tongaage,"  criti']  he,  "  I  may  say,  kl  one  ser 

"^.eoanlensnoe ;  let  me  hear  thy  voice;  for  sweet  is  thy  voice,  and 


I 


Uiy  countenanoe  ia  oomelj,  and  my  aonl  baa  ploa 
(iQ  it." 

Tlie  kettle  was  already  boiling:  he  had  prooorod  a 
for  himseU^  encb  as  tea-thinga  aod  glares.  Aniaiula  placed  the  tea- 
table  by  the  bedside,  and  gavs  bim  bis  brealdiuit.  Whilst  receiving 
it  from  lier,  his  eyes  were  roiaed  to  beaven,  as  if  iu  thankful  gratitods 
fbr  the  tuestimable  blessing  be  still  posiiessed  in  snch  a  child.  Aft«i 
breakfuat  be  B»d  he  would  rise,  and  Amanda  reUred  int«  the  gardei^ 
till  be  was  dressed,  if  that  could  deserve  tlie  appellation,  which  -wn* 
only  a  slip  of  ground,  planted  with  cabbages  aud  potutoisa,  and 
enclosed  with  louse  stones  and  blackberry  bushes.  The  spring  wai 
already  odvanced:  the  day  was  fine;  the  light  aud  fleecy  clonds  wer« 
gradtuilly  dispersing,  and  the  aky,  almost  as  far  as  the  eye  could 
reach,  was  of  a  clear  blue.  The  dusky  groen  of  the  blaokbeny 
buehes  was  eulirened  by  the  pole  purple  of  their  blossoms ;  tufts  of 
primroses  grew  beneath  their  shelter;  the  fields,  which  ruse  with  k 
gentle  swell  above  the  garden,  were  covered  with  a  v 
spangled  with  daisies,  buttercups,  and  wild  honey-suckles;  and  tha 
trirds,  as  they  flattered  from  spray  to  8)>ray,  with  notes  of  ghkdnes^ 
liiuled  the  genial  season. 

But  neither  the  season  nor  its  cliarnis  could  now,  as  lieretofote, 
deliglit  Amanda;  she  felt  forlorn  and  dittconsolate;  deprived  uf  the 
comforts  of  life,  and  no  longer  interested  in  tlie  objects  around  bar, 
Abe  sat  down  upon  a  stone  at  the  end  of  tlie  garden,  and  she  thought 
the  fresh  breeze  from  the  tea  cooied  the  feverish  heat  of  her  blood. 
"  Alas  I"  she  said  to  berBcIf^  "  at  this  seusun  last  year,  how  different 
was  my  situation  from  the  present  V  Though  not  in  affluence, 
neither  was  she  then  in  absolute  distress;  end  she  had,  besides,  tba 
oomfurtalile  hope  of  having  her  father's  ditfii-ulties  removed ;  liks 
Burns'  mountain  dusy,  slie  had  then  uheerfully  glinted  forth  amidal 
tlio  Etorm,  because  she  thought  that  storm  would  be  o'lirbluwn;  bat 
now  she  saw  herself  on  the  point  of  being  finally  crushed  Uenoath  tbt 
rude  pressure  of  poverty. 

She  recollected  the  words  whioh  had  escaped  her  when  she  laat 
aaw  Tndor  Ilall,  and  she  thought  tbey  were  dictated  by  something 
like  a  prophetio  spirit.  She  bad  then  said,  as  she  leaned  upon  a  litU* 
gate  which  looked  into  the  domain,  "when  the^  woods  again  glow 
with  vegeiation ;  when  every  shade  reaounds  with  harmony,  aniL  tb« 


CniLDRKX        or       THB       ABKE«.  8^3 

flowen  and  tbe  bli>seom9  spread  their  foliaga  to  tlie  bqd  ah  1  ati, 
nhcre  will  Amanda  be?  far  distant,  in  all  proliability,  from  these 
deSightful  shades;  perhaps  deserted  and  forgotten  ly  Ilicir  master." 

Slie  was  indeed  tkr  distant  from  them ;  desertoc,  3Ld  if  not  f»r)^t- 
tea,  at  least  only  remembered  with  contempt  b^  the^r  inastep! 
remembered  iritli  contempt  bjr  Lord  Mortimer.  It  was  on  id« 
of  intulemble  anguish ;  his  name  was  no  more  repeatijd  as  a  clianii 
to  eootlie  hor  grief;  this  idea  increaaod  her  misery. 

She  orntiDued  indulging  her  melancholy  meditation?,  till  informed 
by  cue  of  the  children  the  captain  was  ready  to  receive  her.  She 
b&Btenod  in,  and  foond  him  in  na  old  high-backed  choir,  and  the 
ravages  of  care  and  ticknesa  were  now  more  visible  to  her  tlian  tbi^ 
hod  beet  the  night  before ;  be  was  redaccd  to  a  mere  skeleton;  "lbs 
Or^na!  brightness  of  his  form"  was  quite  gone,  and  be  EeetiMtd 
already  on  tlie  very  brink  of  the  grave.  The  agony  of  Amanda's 
filings  was  expressed  on  her  conntenance;  be  perceived  and  guessed 
its  source.  He  eudaavonred  to  compose  and  comfort  Iter,  She  lueii- 
tJoned  a  physician;  he  tried  to  dissuade  her  from  the  idea  of  bring- 
ing  one,  but  she  besought  bim,  in  compassion  to  ber,  to  consent,  and, 
overcome  by  her  earnestness,  he  at  last  promised  tlie  ensuing  day  she 
should  do  as  she  wished. 

It  was  now  Sunday,  and  ho  desired  the  service  of  the  day  to  bo 
read.  A  small  bible  lay  on  the  tabic  before  him,  and  Amanda  com- 
plied with  bis  desire.  In  tbe  Britl  lesson  were  these  words :  "  Leave 
thy  fatherless  children  to  me,  nnd  I  will  be  their  father."  The  teara 
gushed  tVont  Fitialan ;  he  laid  his  hand,  which  appeared  convulsed 
with  aptalion,  on  the  book.  "  Oh  I  what  words  of  comfort,"  cried 
he,  "are  these;  what  transfKirt  do  they  convey  to  tbe  heart  of  a 
parent  burthened  wilh  aniiety  1  Yes,  merciful  Power  I  will,  with 
grateful  joy,  commit  my  children  to  thy  care,  for  thou  art  the  friend 
who  wilt  never  forsake  them."  He  desired  Amanda  to  proceed;  ber 
voice  was  weak  and  broken,  and  the  tears,  in  spite  of  her  effoits  to 
reitirain  them,  stole  down  her  uheoka. 

When  she  hnd  condi'dcd,  ber  father  drew  towards  him,  and 
Inquired  into  all  that  h(d  past  daring  her  sla?  in  Londi-n.  She  rein- 
:°d  tL'  CIm,  witliout  reserve,  <Jie  variocs  ?nuidunta  slia  bjd  Titec  with 
previous  toiler  going  to  tbe  inorobionesi'B:  acknowledged  the  hopet 
acd  fears  sheexperienoed  on  Lord  Mortimer's  account :  nud  die  argn 


•«« 


BUQls  hi  had  made  nne  of  to  indnoe  her  to  a  clsruleitfine  nnio»  irltti 
her  positive  refusal  ,0  such  &  step. 

A  beajn  of  pluajQro  illaijuned  the  pallid  face  of  Htxalnn  "yJ3 
acted,"  eajd  he,  "  aa  I  expected,  and  I  glory  iu  jnj  :Jiil<],  snd  feet 
more  indignation  than  ever  agaiuat  Lord  Oherbury  fur  iiia  mean  eob- 
l^dons." — Amanda  vas  convinced  those  auipicions  bad  been  infuseil 
into  his  mind  \>j  those  who  had  struck  aX  her  peace  and  &me.  Tbia 
idea,  however,  as  well  as  their  injuries  to  her,  she  meant  if  jioesiblet 
to  oonceaL — When  her  &tber,  therefore,  desired  berto  proowd  in  he 
narratiTe,  her  voice  began  to  falter,  her  mind  became  distoriied,  vid 
her  coQUtenance  betrayed  her  agitation.  The  remembrance  of  tlw 
droulM  «oene8  she  had  gone  tliruugb  at  the  mnrchiouess'j  ruade  ber 
Involuntarily  Rhudder,  and  she  wished  to  conceal  them  forever  from 
ber  fattier,  but  found  it  impoijsible  to  evade  his  minute  and  uomrH 

" Gracious  heaven,"  aaid  he,  on  hearing  Ihem,  "what  complicated 
cruelty  and  deceit  1  inliuman  monatere!  10  have  no  pily  on  one 
M  yoQng,  au  innoeenl,  ao  hopeless;  tlie  hand  of  sorrow  baa  indeed 
preat  heavy  on  Iliee,  my  child ;  but  after  the  marohioness'a  former 
conduct,  I  caimot  be  aurpriaed  at  any  action  of  hers." 

no  gave  her  a  note  to  discbarge  her  debt  to  Ilowell,  and  bc^ed 
■he  would  immediately  write,  and  return  his  graCefnlacknowldganients 
fbr  Ilia  benevolence. — She  feared  he  inconvenienced  himself  l>y  parting 
with  tbe  note,  but  he  assured  her  he  could  apare  it  extremely  well, 
M  he  had  been  an  economist,  and  had  still  sufBdent  money  to  support 
lis  longer  in  their  present  situation, 
aqnired  when  he  had  heard  from  her  brother:  ilie 
^wored  her  last  letter,  aud  that  his  sileoce  bod  m*da 


iicl.iimed  Fit7.alan,  "he  has  n< 


them  a  few  montl 

Amanda  now  ii 
i^d  he  had  not  ai 
her  very  uneasy. 

"  Alas,  poor  Oscar  1 "  . 
from  Ilia  portion  of  disi] 

He  took  a  letter,  aa  he  spoke,  from  his  pooketr-book,  and  presented 
it  to  Amanda.    Sli  ■  opened  it  with  a  trembling  hand,  and  read  aa 
follows : 
Mt  Du*  rinn. 


:  been  pxompC 


femvUColo 

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to,     APIIIH 

rferen 

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cUIkt  tiUw 

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unidw 

lh-d(.;htd 

'p 

mUHIULHOM 

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mrm 

klD(ll,bulFU>lol.b]lddcdn:j 

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II. 

jkUllDg  lO  1U 

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bj 

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.uperlo 

DBcui  ba 

a  Uti>K>t>Ed  hj  Ibe  wtolit  Mipi 

I  Auuldb 

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I.howe 

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ide,  1  fut^thln  ipjeelf  joui  aAcUoiu 


This  letter  waa  a  crnnl  shock  to  AmanJa;  she  bojwd  ti>  have  pro- 
cured lier  broth«r'>«  company,  and  tliat  ber  father's  inelanohol.y  aiA 
lier  own  would  have  been  al]e«ial«d  by  it.  Seiuible  of  the  difliGnltiGa 
Obcv  mnst  andeTgo,  without  friends  or  fortune,  the  teat's  stolu  down 
her  cheeks,  and  she  almost  dreaded  alie  shoald  no  more  behold  fiixn. 

lier  lather  beaooglit  her  to  spare  him  the  misery  of  Moing  those 
tears;  he  leaned  npoii  her  for  comfort  sod  support,  he  aiud.  aiul  Ind 
her  not  disappoint  bim.  She  hastily  wiped  awa;  her  tears:  uid 
though  ahe  could  not  conquer,  tried  to  fupprese  her  angniah. 

Johnaten  and  Kale  coUed  in  the  course  of  the  da}',  la  know  if  tlioy 
could  be  of  any  service  to  FitaUan. — Aninndn  engaged  Johnnteii  tc 
go  to  town  the  next  morning  for  a  pbysiciatL,  and  gave  Kat«  the  Itey 
of  a  wardrobe,  where  s)ie  had  left  some  things,  which  she  doaireu  hei 
lo  pack  D]),  and  send  to  the  asMu  in  the  evening.  Urs.  Bt7ne  gavt 
ibem  one  of  ber  fowls  f'lr  'tinner,  and  Fitzalan  atanmed  an  aproar- 


91< 


ftooe  of  cheerfulDess,  and  the  ereuiug  wore  nn-ay  somewliot  botU^ 
than  tbc  precediog  ]iart  of  the  day  bad  done. 

JohaatDu  woa  ]>ui><:tLiBl  io  ubeyisR  Amanda's  ooinm&ads,  and 
brongtit  a  pbysiuian  the  oext  morDlng  to  tbe  cabin.  Fit^olun  Bi>peiLr> 
ed  mucli  woree,  aiid  Amanda  rejoiced  that  uLe  had  beca  riuolnte 
ID  procuring  bita  advice, 

6be  witlidrew  from  the  room  good  after  the  pbj'aiciao  tad  entered 
it,  aud  waiud  without  ia  trembling  onxiely  for  hi*  apiiearanoe. 

WIieQ  be  came  out,  she  asked,  with  a  faltering  voloe  his  opinion, 
and  besoQght  him  not  to  deceive  her,  from  pity  to  her  feelings. 

He  shook  Uis  bead,  and  assured  her  he  would  not  deviate  from 
trnth  for  the  world.  "Tbe  captain  nas,  indeed,  in  a  tii^iah  sitna- 
tiun,"  be  said ;  *'  bat  tbe  medicine  he  bad  ordered,  and  sea  batbitig  he 
doubted  not,  would  set  all  to  rights;  it  was  fortunate,''  he  added, 
"ahe  delayed  no  longer  sending  for  him;"  mentioned  twenty  mintou* 
loua  cures  he  hod  performed;  admired  tlie  iinmeiise  fine  prospeot 
before  the  door,  and  wisbed  her  a  good  morning,  with  what  he 
thought  qnite  a  d^agfe  and  irresiatiblo  air. 


S8T 


with  hie  daughter,  IliB  coaversation  wax  tlien  calcokte^]  to  strengthen 
her  forthndo  anil  resignation,  and  prepare  her  for  an  approaching 
meliuicholy  effent.  Wlienever  she  receivej  a  hint  of  it,  her  agony 
wa«  iDcipre^ible :  bat  pity  for  her  feelings  could  Dot  prevent  her 
father  from  using  CTory  opportunity  that  5ooarred  for  bying  down 
mle»  and  f  scepta,  which  might  be  gerviceablo  to  her  wlicn  wilhont  a 
l^ide  or  protector.  Sometimes  he  adverted  to  the  past,  but  tlm  wns  ' 
onlv  done  to  make  her  more  cantioua  of  ttie  flitnre. 

He  charged  her  to  avoid  any  further  intimacy  with  Lord  Mortimer, 
as  an  esseatiul  meunre  for  the  restoration  of  her  peace  and  preserva- 
tion of  his  fame,  and  the  removal  of  Lord  Cherbnry's  nnjnst  Bnspi- 
cions,  yrho  will  find  at  lost,  continned  he,  how  much  he  wronged  me, 
and  may,  perhaps,  foel  compaaotion,  when  beyond  hla  power  to  make 
reparation. 

To  all  he  desired,  Amanda  promised  a  religions  observance ;  she 
thought  it  nnnecessary  in  him,  indeed,  to  desire  her  to  avoid  Lord 
Mortimer,  convinced  ts  she  was  that  he  Iiad  utterly  abandoned  her ; 
bat  the  grief  this  desertion  occasioned,  she  believed,  she  slionld  soon 
•vercome,  was  her  tatlier  once  realnred  to  healtli,  fur  then  she  would 
have  no  time  fur  useieas  regrela  or  retrospection,  bnt  be  obliged  to 
pass  every  hour  in  active  exertions  fur  his  sopport  and  comfort, 

A  week  passed  away  in  this  manner  at  the  cabin ;  a  week  of 
wretchedness  to  Aroando,  who  perceived  her  father  growing  weakei 
and  weaker. 

Bhe  BHBiste<l  him,  as  usual,  to  rise  one  evening,  for  a  few  minutee ; 
when  dreitsed,  lie  complained  of  an  oppression  in  his  breathing,  and 
desired  to  be  anpported  to  the  sir.  Amanda,  with  diOlcnlCj,  led  him 
to  the  window,  which  she  opened,  and  seated  him  by  it :  then  knelt 
before  him,  and  putting  her  arms  round  his  waist,  fastened  her  eyee 
with  auiioUB  tenderness  npon  his  face. 

Tlie  evening  was  serenely  fine ;  the  sun  was  setting  In  all  its  glory ; 
and  the  sea,  illumined  by  its  parting  beama,  looked  like  a  slieet  of 
liurnished  silver. 

"What  a  lovely  scene!"  cried  Fitinion,  fdinlly;  "with  what 
iiifljesly  does  the  snn  retire  from  the  world;  the  calmness  which 
'iTi«nda  its  departure,  is  such,  I  think,  m  mnet  attend  the  exit  of  a 


0  heaven, 


aaa  childeo-     or     rm:     abbet. 

exclaimed,  "  Uercifiil  Power  I  bad  it  pleased  tbee,  I  could  hare  wl«1ie4 
jet  a  little  longer  to  have  been  spared  to  this  yuUDg  creature !  but  thj 
nill,  not  mine,  be  done;  confiding  in  tby  mercy,  I  leave  ber  with 
some  degree  of  fortitude." 

Amanda'd  tears  began  to  flow  as  be  spoke;  he  r&ised  hiit  hand  on 
wliicli  tliej  fell,  and  kissing  them  otf,  exclaimed,  "  precious  drops : 
my  Amanda,  weep  not  too  bitterly  for  me;  like  a  weary  traveller, 
think  that  rest  muat  now  be  acceptable  to  me." 

&ha  iuterrapted  him,  and  coiyered  him  to  cbange  the  discoursti. 
He  shook  bis  bead  moomiuUy ;  pressed  ber  bands  between  bis,  and 

"  Yet  a  little  longer,  my  child,  Ijeor  with  it;"  then  bid  her  assnra 
her  brother,  whenever  they  met,  which  be  trusted  and  believed 
woald  be  soon,  be  bad  his  fatlier'a  blessing;  "  the  only  legacy,"  b« 
cried,  "  I  con  leave  him :  bat  one  I  am  confident  be  meriu,  and  will 
value  ;  to  yon,  ray  girl,  I  have  no  doubt  be  will  prove  a  friend  and 
guardino ;  you  may  both,  perhaps,  be  amply  recomjNtnsed  for  ail  yonr 
Providence  is  just  in  all  iia  dealings,  and  may  yet  rendw 


CHAPTER    XXXIII. 


Bn  reomined  a  coQaidersble  time  In  b  state  of  inseiisibilit;f,  sail, 
when  recovered,  she  found  herself  in  &  bed  lain  npon  th«  floor,  in 
a  corner  of  the  outaide  room;  her  sensM  were  at  firat  confused;  she 
r«lt  as  if  waking  from  a  disagreeable  dream,  but  in  a  few  rainQles  a 
jierfect  recoQectioa  of  what  had  past  retumiug,  she  Haw  sorae  one 
Hitting  by  the  bed:  she  raised  herself  a  little,  and  perceiTed  aister 
Uary;  "This  is  indeed  a  eharitable  visit,"  cried  she,  extending  her 
hand,  and  speaking  in  a  low  brolfen  voice.  The  good-natured  nan 
janiped  from  lier  seat  on  hearing  her  speolt,  and  embraced  her  most 
tenderly.  Ilor  carettses  affected  Amanda  ineipressiblj:  elie  dropped 
her  Jiead  n]>on  her  breast  and  wept  with  a  vehemence  whieh  relievM 
the  oppression  of  her  heart. 

Sister  Mary  said,  she  had  never  heard  of  her  return  to  the  oonntry, 
HU  Mrs,  Bryne  came  to  8t.  Callierlne's  for  a  few  spriga  of  rosemary 
to  Btrew  over  the  poor  caplaio  ;  she  had  returned  with  her  then  to 
the  cabin  to  try  if  Hhe  could  be  of  any  service,  and  to  invite  her,  in 
the  noiue  of  the  prioress  and  the  whole  sisterhood,  to  the  convent. 

Amanda  thaiilied  lior  for  her  kind  invitation,  which,  she  said,  she 

must  decline  accepting  for  a  few  iay«,  till  she  had  performed  all  her 

daties,  which,  in  a  voice  lialf  stiSed  by  sobs,  sh^j  added,  "the  grave 

would  Boon  terminate;  ahe  was  sorry,"  she  said,  "that  they  tiad 

undressed  her,  and  requested  sister  Mary  to  assist  her  in  pntting  oQ 

her  clothes."     Tlie  sinter  tried  to  dissuade  her  fh>m  thii,  bnt  soon 

p-ibmid  she  was  determined  to  spend  the  remainder  of  the  night  in  her 

er's    apartment ;    she    accohlingl;   dressed    her,   fbr   Anuuida'a 

I  trembling  bands  refused  Iheir  accustomed  office,  and  made  her  take 

us  of  wine  and  water  ere  she  soflTered  her  to  move  towards  the 

'.    Amanda  was  astonished,  as  she  approached  it,  to  bear  a  violDDt 

I  noise,  like  the  mingled  sounds  of  laughing  and  singing;  her  whole 

\  wnl  recoiled  at  the  tumult,  and  she  asked  sister  Mary,  with  a  coimu- 

X  of  terror,  "what  ii  meant  1"    She  replied,  "it  wai  only  soma 

I  ftiends  and  neighbours  doing  hononr  to  the  captain."    Amanda 

r  fcMtiiy  opened  the  door,  aniions   to  terminate   the  suspense  tliesa 

1   words  occasioned ;  but  how  great  was  her  horror  when  she  perceived 


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I  Mt  of  tlie  mcaDust  rustics  ossomLled  roaiiO  tho  bed,  with  t 
^ipearaaco  of  iucbrieij,  kngbini;,  sbuuting  aud  siiii>kiiig.    Wliat  a 
cavage  scene  for  a  cliiiil,  whoHe  heart  was  bursting  with  grief!    Slia 
Blirieked  witli  horror,  and  Hinging  hersalf  intu  Ibe  a 
Marj,  Qoiijured  ber  to  bave  tbe  room  clearud. 

Sister  Mary,  from  being  acoustomed  to  Bucb  sceaee,  felt  neituei 
liorror  nor  Uiegust;  she  coniplied,  however,  with  Uie  request  of 
Amanda,  and  i>esougbt  tliera  to  depart,  saying,  "  ibtit  Miss  Fitzolao 
was  a  Blranger  to  their  cnstoniB,  and  bBsides,  ]K>ur  tiling,  quil« 
beside  henielf  with  griof."  They  began  to  grumble  at  the  propmol 
of  reinoTiDg,  they  bad  made  prcparHtions  for  sjieuding  a  uierry  night, 
and  iica.  Uryue  said,  "  if  she  had  thought  thiuga  would  have  turned 
out  iu  this  way,  the  captain  might  have  fouad  some  other  piaue  to 
die  in — for  the  least  one  could  have,  aft«r  his  giving  them  «o  mudi 
troahle,  was  a  little  ei\juyinent  with  oue's  friends  at  the  hitter  end." 
Johnat«Q  and  Kate,  who  were  nmong  the  party,  joined  Ibeir 
entreatice  to  sister  Uary's,  and  she,  to  tempt  them  to  compliance, 
•ud,  "tliat  in  oil  probability  they  would  soon  have  another  and  % 
better  opportunity  for  making  merry  than  t)ie  prettent."  They  at 
length  retired,  and  sister  Mary  and  Amanda  were  left  alone  ia  tbe 
obarober  of  death.  The  dim  light  which  remained  cast  a  glimmering 
Hhode  upon  the  face  of  Fitzalan,  that  added  to  its  ghofttllDesi 
Amanda  now  indulged  in  all  the  luxnry  of  grief,  and  found  In  sister 
Hary  a  truly  sympathetic  friend,  for  the  good  dud  was  famed 
throughout  the  little  circle  of  her  acquaintaoce  for  weeping  with 
those  that  wept,  and  r^oiciug  with  those  that  r^olced.  8ho 
obtained  a  proniise  from  Amanda  of  Bccompanying  her  to  St. 
Catharine's  as  eoon  as  her  father  was  interred;  and  in  retam  for 
(Lis  she  gave  on  assurance  for  continuing  with  ber  till  the  last  mehu>* 
oholy  offices  were  over,  and  also,  tliat,  with  tlie  assistance  of  Johna- 
ten,  sliu  would  see  every  tiling  proper  provided ;  this  was  some  com- 
fort to  Amanda,  who  felt  herself  at  pre^nt  unequal  to  any  eiertiim ; 
yet,  notwithstanding  her  fatigue  and  illness,  she  persevered  in  hef 
reeolutioQ  of  sitting  up  with  her  lather  every  night,  dreading  tliat,  if 
■be  retired  to  bed,  a  ncene  of  riot  would  agmn  etisue,  which,  in  her 
Opinion,  was  sacrilege  to  the  dead.  She  went  to  bed  every  morning 
■nd  was  nursed  with  tbe  most  tender  affection  by  sister  Mary,  who 
■lie  insisted  on  being  her  companion  at  night.    Tliis,  however,  wai 


cHiLDRia    or    Taa    arbht  341 

hvt  m  mere  flatter  of  form,  for  Uie  good  sistci'  was  totally  miable  '/> 
keep  Lur  eyes  open  and  «lej)t  aa  coinfurulile  ttp^in  the  eartlien  dour, 
with  ber  go-wD  made  into  a.  pillow  fur  her  head,  as  if  laid  iifMin  the 
do'wn;  Iheu  iroa  poor  Amanda  left  to  her  own  reflectiuna,  and  th« 
melancholy  conteinplatioD  of  her  beloved  father's  remalna.  The 
evening  of  the  fourth  day  after  his  decewie  was  fixed  npoo  for  hia 
interment ;  vith  streaming  ejea  (md  a  breaking  heart,  Amtinda  beheld 
Lini  pnt  into  the  oofBn,  and  in  that  moment  folt  aa  if  he  bad  agfun 
dieil  before  her.  A  arnall  procession  attended,  conaistdng  of  the 
people  of  the  hooso,  Johnaten  and  Eate,  and  a  few  rrapectahle 
fuinera,  to  whom  Fitzalan  had  endeared  himself  dnring  his  short 
a'oode  at  Castle  Carberj:  the  men  had  scarfs  and  hat-bauds,  and  thi 

Jiihnaten,  who  had  been  a  soldier  in  bia  jonth,  resolved  to  paj 
■onie  Diilit'u-y  honour,  and  placed  his  hat  and  sword  upou  Ilie  cofBo. 

Amanda  b;  the  moat  painful  efforts,  supported  the  preparations  for 
hta  removal :  but  when  she  saw  tlie  coffin  actually  raised  to  be  taken 
Dot,  alio  could  no  lunger  reetrain  her  feelings :  she  shrieked  in  ths 
■gonjr  uf  her  aoul,  a  sickness  almost  deadly  seited  her,  and 
binling  upon  Mater  Mary's  bosom  I 


CHAPTER    XXXIV. 


Brnt—rair  Pn. 

SrniR  Mart  recovered  ber  with  difBcnIty,  but  fonnd  it  impossible 

love  tier  ft'om  the  cnbin  till  she  was  onee  more  compufed.     In 

I  dtont  two  boura  ita  inhabitants  rotnraed,  and  the  car  havinir  nrrivvd. 

which  she  had  ordered  to  convey  Amnnda  to  St.  CiilhariTie'H,  sh( 

9  placed  ii|ion  it  Is  a  slate  scarcely  anitnnto,  and  BUp[iorted  hy  ii* 

ter  Mary,  wu*  conveyod  to  that  peviccful  asyliiin. 


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On  Bifiring  at  it,  she  was  carried  iramedinloly  into  the  prioraM' 
kpiu-tiiietit,  wlio  received  and  welcomed  lier  wilii  tlie  most  t^nilH 
olTictlDii  aud  BBDHitiiUty — a  tenderuesa  wliiuli  roused  Amanda  from 
tLe  stupefactioD  into  wliicli  she  appeared  einkiog  and  made  her  weep 
Tiolunlly.  She  felt  relieved  from  doing  bo,  and  as  some  return  for 
the  kiadncaa  ahe  received,  endeavoured  to  ap]>ear  beneStl«d  by  it; 
riie  tlicreforo  declined  going  Co  bed,  but  lay  dowa  npon  a  little  matted 
(■oucti  in  the  [irioreas'  room,  tlie  teo-lable  was  cloee  by  it;  aa  she 
refoaod  any  other  refreahmont,  slie  obtuioed  this  by  a  protuiue  of 
•ating  ■DUicChiiig  with  it ;  none  of  the  Eiaterhood,  aiater  Mary  except- 
ed, were  admitted,  and  Amanda  felt  thia  delicate  atI«i.',!on  Mtd 
respect  to  ber  sorrows  witli  gratitude. 

She  arrived  ou  the  eve  of  their  patron  Saint  at  the  convent,  wliiob 
-was  always  celebrated  with  solenmity :  af1«r  tea,  therefore,  the  pn- 
oress  and  sister  Mary  were  compelled  to  repair  to  the  chapel,  but  ehe 
rciiuuved  tlie  reiitctanue  tbey  felt  to  leave  her  alone  by  complaining  of 
being  drowsy.  A  pillow  being  laid  under  ber  head  by  sbter  Mary, 
•oon  aner  tbcy  quitlod  ber,  she  fell  into  a  profound  sliiinber,  in  wtiioli 
ehe  continued  till  awoke  by  distant  miuio,  so  soil,  so  clear,  so  banno- 
DioUH,  tliat  tlie  deiigbtfui  sei^saUon  it  gave  ber,  «be  could  only 
Gomriare  to  thoite  whiuli  abe  imagined  a  dlntressed  and  peiulve  Boul 
would  feci,  when,  springing  Irota  the  shackles  of  mortality,  it  first 
heard  the  heavenly  sounds  that  welcomed  it  to  the  realms  of  eternal 

bliss. 

The  cliapel,  from  which  those  celestial  sounds  proceeded,  was  at 
the  extremity  ol  tlie  liouse,  so  that  tbey  sonietimes  swelled  upon  her 
ear,  sometimea  fainliy  sunk  upon  it.  Tlie  pauses  in  the  organ,  which 
was  finely  played,  were  filled  up  by  the  sweet,  though  less  [lowerful 
■truDS  of  the  sisterhood,  who  sung  a  liyiiiu  in  honour  of  their  Saint. 


*tis  a  foretonte  of  heaven,  thought  Amanda.  She  heard  a  deep  ugh 
behind  her.  B!ie  tamed  her  bead  Imatily,  and  perceive<)  a  figure 
standing  near,  which  bore  a  strong  reeemblance  tJi  Lord  Mortimer. 
■  Bhe  was  alarmed --she  could  not  believe  it  was  hira.  Tlie  light  which 
the  small  heavy-arched  winduw  admittud  was  inipci  fuct,  and  slie  ro.^ 
from  the  couch  to  bo  belter  aiWDred  it  was  or  was  not  him ;  a  second 


»  oouvinued  lier  «]i«  niiglit  lidvo  belJeveJ  her  e;^  ui  flr't. — 
I  n«mbliiiK  will  tLsh-uUlieil  tilie  duuk  apoo  a  e^at,  siclniiiiiag,  "Grn- 
{  flloua  heaven  I  wtiaC  urn  havebruught  Lord  Mortimer  liilLcr!" 

He  ra&Ue  oo  rcpl;,  but  kneeling  before  her,  took  hi^r  benils  in  hii 
J  and  presdeU  tliem  to  iiis  forehead  and  li[ia,  uid  laid  hU  head  apoo 

Why,"  cried  Amanda,  unutterably  affected  bj  the  emotions  ba 
'fcetraj-ed,  "  why,  my  lord,  are  you  oome  luther  I" 

To  try,"  he  replied  in  a  voice  scarcely  srticulata,  "  whether  U)n 
AtutlaD  will  yet  cousider  me  as  ber  friend  1" 

"That,  my  lord,"  mid  she,  "depends  npon  oircumstauces ;  but 
•tule  yoor  lordship  reiuaiua  in  yoar  present  position,  what  tLcy  are 
I  cannot  cKplain." 

Lord  Mortimer  instaatly  aroae,  and  seated  Iiimself  by  hur ;  "  Now 
teU  me,"  said  he,  "  what  those  circumstances  ere." 

"ITie  first,  my  lord,  is  to  eictilpate  my  father  in  the  opinion  of 
Lord  Cherbnry,  and  by  declaring  the  commeucement  and  pro^'ress  of 
our  acquaintance,  eradicate  from  tila  lordship's  mind  the  iigurioai 
anepioions  he  entertained  against  him.  This,  perhaps,  you  will  eaj  is 
tueless,  oonaidering  those  suspicions  can  no  longer  wound  him;  but, 
-oy  lord,  I  de«m  it  an  incumbent  duty  on  me  to  remqve  from  his 
•nemory  the  obluquy  on  my  account  oast  on  it." 

"I  promiMe  you  most  soleranly,"  said  I^nl  Mortimer;  "you  shall 
be  obeyed.  This  is  a  debt  of  jusljce,  whiuli  I  had  resolved  to  pay  ere 
i  received  your  iiunnction  for  doing  so ;  it  is  bol  lately  I  heard  of  the 
ilUtjnst  charges  made  against  him ;  nor  do  I  know  what  fiend  gave  rise 
to  them." 

"The  same,  perhaps,"  eiclnimed  Amanda,  "who  spread  sQch  com- 
plicated  snares  for  my  destruction,  and  involved  mo  in  every  horror 
'fent  that  which  proceeds  from  conscious  guilt  Oh  I  my  lord,  the  seo- 
lODd  circumstance  1  allude  to  is,  if  yon  should  hear  my  name  treated 
with  scorn  and  contempt  by  those  few,  those  very  few  wlioin  1  Lad 
veseon  to  eeloem,  and  believed  esteemed  me,  that  you  will  kindly 
■■interpose  in  my  justification,  and  say,  I  merited  not  the  a.«pereioni 
■«a«t  njion  me.  Believe  me  innocent,  and  yon  will  eaaily  persuade 
aOtlicra  tliat  1  am  so.  You  slioke  your  head,  as  nincli  us  to  b!^ 
■^n  cannot  think  me  so  after  the  proo&  you  have  seen  !(>  the  conU* 
«(y.     Ahl  my  lord,  the  proofs  were  contrived  by  malice  and  Irpaeber;, 


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to  niia  me  in  the  wtimation  of  my  frienils,  acd  by  perfidy  U>  fn^rc* 
into  crime,  of  which  1  already  bMi  Uie  ajipearance  and  Btignw, 
Biireiy  in  UiU  Holema  hour,  which  has  seen  my  beloved  father  otm- 
aigned  lo  his  kindred  aarih,  when  with  a  mind  liara«ied  by  aorruw 
and  with  B  body  worn  out  witlt  fatigue,  I  fuul  as  if  standing  oc 
tiie  verge  of  the  grave,  I  shouid  be  the  moat  abandoned  of  wretches, 
if  I  could  aasort  uiy  innocence  withont  the  consciouauess  of  really 
poBseftiiing  it :  No,  my  lord,  by  such  a  falaehood  I  should  not  only  ba 
wicked,  hut  foolish  in  depriving  myself  of  that  bappineaa  hen»ner, 
which  will  so  full]-  recoropenso  my  present  miseries." 

"  Oh  I  Amanda,"  cried  Lord  Uortiiner,  who  had  been  walking 
baekwarda  and  forwards  in  an  agitated  manner  while  she  spoke,  "you 
would  almost  convince  mo  aguinst  the  eridence  of  my  own  eenses." 

"  Almost,"  alio  repeated ;  "  then  1  gee,  my  lord,  you  are  determined 
to  disbelieve  me,  but  why,  since  so  pr^udiced  against  me,  have  you 
oomo  hither?  Was  it  merely  to  be  assared  of  my  wretchedness)  To 
hear  me  say  that  I  stand  alone  in  the  world,  without  one  beiug  inter- 
ested aboot  my  wol&re,  that  my  present  asylum  is  bestowed  by 
uhari  ty,  and  that  if  my  life  be  prolonged  it  must  be  s[>eat  in  Btrogglini 
■gainst  constitution,  sorrow  and  ill  fame  to  procure  a  subsistence." 

''No,  no,"  exclaimed  Lord  Mortimer,  flinging  himself  at  her  teet. 
"never  siiall  you  Buffer  such  misery ;  were  you  even  the  being  1  ww 
tempted  to  think  you  some  time  ago,  never  would  Uortimcr  sufier 
the  woman  his  heart  dooted  on  to  feel  such  calamity.  I  do  not,  I 
cannot  believe  yon  would  deceive  me.  Tliere  is  an  irrcistible  elo- 
quence in  yonr  words,  that  convinces  me  you  have  been  the  victim 
of  treadiery,  and  I  its  dupe ;  I  cannot  give  you  a  more  oonvincing 
proof  of  my  confidence  in  yon,  th.in  by  ftgnin  renewing  my  ontrenliea 
lo  have  one  fame,  one  fate,  one  fortune  ours." 

The  resolution  which  Amanda  had  forced  to  support  her  thraogh 
the  painful  scene  she  guest  would  ensue  the  moment  she  saw  Lord 
Mortimer  now  vanished,  and  she  burst  into  a  flood  of  tear*. 

She  saw  liU  conduct  in  the  most  generous,  the  must  enalted  ligrlit : 
notwithstanding  appearances  were  so  much  against  her,  be  was  will- 
ing to  rely  solely  on  her  own  asseveration  of  innocence,  and  to  mo 
every  risk  on  her  account ;  that  by  a  union  he  might  shelter  her  from 
the  (lislrcaa  of  her  pre«ent  aitoation ;  But  while  her  sonsihili^  wm 
■fleeted  hr  hi"  eiprpsticini,  her  prtdj  wai  alarmed  l«t  ha  shonU 


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■mptite  tier  ftfdent  deaire  of  rindicsting  herself  to  the  espcciation  of 
having  bis  addre!iHes  renewed.  In  broken  aecenU  aha  endearoitred  to 
remove  Buuh  ta  idea  it'  it  had  risen,  nod  to  convince  him  that  all  fur- 
ther intimacy  between  them  most  now  be  terminated.  Loi-d  Mortimer 
ascribed  the  hitter  part  of  her  speech  to  the  resentment  she  ftlt  against 
him  for  ever  entertaining  doubta  of  her  worth.  She  desired  him  to 
rise,  bat  he  refused  until  he  was  forgiven.  Uy  for^veness  ia  yoiiTS 
indeed,  niy  lord,  swd  she,  thongh  yonr  suspicions  wounded  me  to  the 
Houl ;  I  con  scarcely  wonder  at  yonr  entertaining  tbem,  when  I  reflect 
on  the  different  situations  in  which  1  woa  found,  which,  if  yonr  lord- 
ebip  can  spare  a  little  longer  time,  or  deem  it  worth  devoting  to  such 
a  purpose,  as  well  na  I  am  able  I  will  account  for  being  involved  in. — 
Lord  Mortimer  declared  hia  ardent  desire  to  hear  those  parlicnlars, 
which  nothing  but  a  fear  of  fiitigoinj  or  agitating  her  conld  have 
prevented  his  before  eipressing.  He  then  seated  himself  by  her,  and 
taking  her  cold  and  emaciated  hand  in  hia,  listened  to  her  litllo  nar- 

She  briefly  informed  him  of  her  father's  residing  in  Devonshire 
after  the  deutli  of  her  mother,  of  the  manner  in  which  they  became 
acquainted  with  Colonel  Belgrave,  of  his  having  ingratiated  himself 
into  their  friendship,  by  pretending  to  be  Oscar's  friend,  and  then, 
plnnging  them  in  distress,  when  he  found  they  not  only  resisted  but 
resented  his  villanuus  designs. 

Slie  related  the  artful  manner  in  which  Lady  Greystock  had  drawn 
)icr  from  her  fblher's  protection,  and  the  cold  and  insolent  rem-'ption 
she  met  with  from  the  rosrcbioneea  and  her  daughter,  wlien  intro- 
duced by  the  above  mentioned  lady;  tlie  enmity  the  niarcliione^s  bore 
her  father,  the  andden  alteration  in  her  behaviour,  the 
her  house,  eo  unexpeoted  and  ODnecessary,  all  tending  to  ii 
belief  that  she  was  concerned  in  contriving  Colonel  Belip-ave' 
tance  to  tbe  honse,  and  had  also  gireii  Lord  Clierbury  re 
iuspect  the  integrity  of  her  father. 

I.ord  Moniraer  here  interrupted  Amanda  to  mention  tlie  c< 
tion  which  parsed  between  him  and  Mrs.  Jane  in  tbe  Hall. 

6Iie  raised  her  hands  and  eyes  to  heaven  with  astonishment  at  snrh 
wickediieas,  and  said,  "though  she  always  snapected  Ujc  girl'.i  integ- 
rity, fi-om  a  certain  sycophant  air,  she  never  imagined  she  could  Im 
capable  of  such  baseness." 

Ixvnl  Mortimer  sgain  interrupted  her  I"  loenHon  whu*.  ^bA^  <Vtt«- 


■took  had  told  liim  ctmcemiug  Urs.  Jenaiogs,  an  also  wliat  the  huiiM> 
keeper  bod  said  of  the  nute  he  gava  fur  Amoiido. 

"Good  GodI"iiaid  Ainniidii,  "when  1  hear  uf  all  the  enemioa  I  bad, 
I  almost  wonder  I  escaped  so  well."  Slie  tliuu  leauraed  h«r  narra- 
tive, occoimted  for  the  dislike  Ma,  Jennings  had  to  her,  and  ei|i|ained 
the  vny  ia  wliich  she  was  entrapped  into  Cuiunel  lieltjrave'a  power, 
the  aluiiut  iniraoulons  manner  in  which  uhe  was  freed  from  his  home, 
the  friendship  tihe  received  from  Uowell,  and  tlie  situation  in  whiuh 
bhe  arrived  at  Castle  Corherrj,  and  found  her  fatlier.  The  cWing  soeno 
she  could  not  describe,  for  eighs  and  sobs  impeded  her  utterance. 
Lord  Martimer  gen tlj  folded  her  to  his  breast;  he  colled  his  dear, 
his  unfortDDBte,  his  lovely  girl,  more  prccioui  than  ever  to  his  licart, 
and  declared  he  never  again  would  qnit  lieruntU  she  had  given  biiua 
right  to  esponse  her  quarrels,  and  t>ecure  her  from  the  macbiuanona 
of  her  enemies.  Ilcr  wunii  tears  wet  his  cheek  as  uhe  exolaiiucd, 
"that  could  never  he." 

"Jly  promise  is  already  past,"  cried  she,  that  which  was  given  tu 
the  Lving  shall  not  he  forfeited  to  the  dead;  and  this,  my  lord,  by 
design,  is  the  last  time  we  mo^t  ever  meet." 

'*  What  promiaei"  cxdaimed  Lord  Mortimer,  "snrely  no  one  could 
be  so  inhumaa  as  to  eitort  a  promise  &om  you  to  give  me  up." 

''It,  woa  sot  inliomantty  extorted  it,"  replied  Amanda;  "bnt 
honour,  rectitude,  and  discretion;  without  forfeiting  those,  never 
Ma  I  violate  it.  There  is  but  one  event  could  make  me  acqui- 
esce in  your  wishes,  tliat  is,  having  a  fortune  adeqttate  to  yours 
;o  bri;ig  yon,  becuuso  llien  Lord  Cherbury  would  aaeribe  no 
s'dfish  motive  to  my  conduct;  but  as  auch  an  event  is  utterly 
improbable,  I  might  almost  ray  impossible,  it  ia  certain  we  shall 
Hdvcr  be  united.  Any  further  intercourse  between  us,  you  must 
•Jierefore  be  convinced  would  injure  me.  Disturb  not,  iliereJ'ore,  my 
'.•nd,  my  retirement;  but  ere  you  depart,  allow  me  to  assure  you,  you 
have  lightened  the  weight  on  my  heart  by  cieditiug  wliat  1  have  said : 
.■ihoitld  1  not  recover  from  the  illuess  which  now  preys  upon  me,  it 
will  i!hcer  iny  departing  spirit  to  know  you  lliiuli  me  innocent;  and 
'f  1  live,  it  wiil  support  me  Uirongk  many  difficulties,  and  often,  per- 
haps, after  the  toils  of  a  busy  day,  shall  comfort  myaelf  by  reflecting, 
that  those  I  esteem,  if  they  think  of  me,  it  is  with  their  wonted 

LdrJ  ifortimer  wa»  offeclcd  hj  ll.c  u,:inntr  in  h  licli  .he  sp"'"'.  ''i» 


mftm  b^an  to  gUsten,  and  he  was  sgaio  declaring  he  would  not 
tatfer  lier  to  sacrifice  tiappiness  ttl  the  dlirine  of  h  too  scriipnluus  hdi] 
roiaantic  generosity,  wh«p  tlie  door  opened  and  the  priorewi  and  nia- 

R   ^  Mnr;  (who  hail  been  detained  in  tlie  olia;)el  by  a  long  discuiiree 

Hlfroin  the  priest)  entered,  bearing  lights. 

^  Ixird  Mortimer  stArted  in  inuuli  confusion,  reireate<l  to  one  of  tin- 
windows,  and  drew  out  his  handlcerahief  to  conceal  the  emutinii' 
Amanda  hikd  excited.  She  was  unable  to  speak  to  the  priorc^>  nnd 
sliiter  Mi&y  who  BtAred  round  them,  and  then  at  each  other,  not  cei- 
tain  whether  tliey  should  advance  or  retreat.  Lord  Mortimer  in  a 
-fcw  moments  recovered  his  composure,  and  advancing  to  the  priorcsa 
■fwlogi^ed  for  his  intrusion  into  her  apartment ;  but  said  he  had  the 
bonour  of  being  a  friend  of  Miss  Fitzalan'a,  and  coidd  not  resist  hia 
^isb  of  inquiring  in  person  after  her  health,  as  soon  as  he  arrived  in 
the  country. 

The  prioress,  who  had  once  seen  a  good  deal  of  the  polite  worid, 
received  this  address  with  ease  and  complaisance.  Bister  Mary  went 
Orer  to  Atnanda,  and  found  her  weak,  trembling,  and  weeping.  Bho 
«pressed  the  ntmost  concern  at  seeing  her  in  snch  a  situation,  and 

\  Immediately  procured  her  a  glass  of  wine,  which  she  insisted  on  her 
taldng.  The  lights  now  gave  Lord  Mortimer  an  opportunity  of  con- 
templating the  depredationn  which  grief  and  sickness  hod  made  npon 
her.  Her  pale  and  sallow  complexion,  her  heavy  and  sunken  eyes, 
Btrnck  him  with  horror.  He  conld  not  conceal  his  feeling.  "Gra- 
cious heaven,"  cried  he,  going  to  the  conch,  and  taking  her  band,  "  1 
.fear  you  are  very  ill." 

She  looked  mournfully  in  his  face  withont  speaking;  but  this  look 
was  sufficient  to  assure  liijn  he  was  not  mistaken.  The  efforts  she  had 
made  to  converse  with  him,  and  the  yet  greater  eftbrts  she  had  raada 
to  banish  him  forever  from  her,  quite  eihausted  her;  after  the  vari- 
ons  miseries  she  had  gone  through,  how  soothing  to  her  soul  would 
hare  been  the  attentions  of  l«rd  Mortimer,  Tiow  pleasing,  how 
delightful  the  ayslnm  she  would  have  found  in  his  arms  I  Bat  no 
temptation,  no  distrees,  sbe  resolved,  should  ever  make  her  disobej 
the  injunction  of  her  adored  father. 

"  Slie  is  very  bad  indeed,"  said  sister  Mary,  ''  and  we  must  get  hei 
<n  bed  as  soon  as  possible." 

"She  re<inire«  rest  and  repose  indeed,"  said  Lord  Mortimer ;  "  bnf 


I 


tell  roe,  mj  dear  Uiss  Fitzalaa,"  Uking  her  hand,  "if  I  haTs  thuw 
good  laiUcs'  pennisaioD  for  oaUiiig  here  lo-morrow,  will  jron,  it  abl* 


"I  cauDot  imleed,"  said  Amanda  ;  "  I  have  aJrenJy  declftred  thia 
mnat  be  our  last  iDUrview,  and  I  sliall  not  retract  from  what  I  hare 

"  Then,"  eielaiined  Lord  Mortimer,  regardless,  or  rather  furgetM 
cf  thone  who  heard  him,  from  the  agitation  and  warmth  of  his  foel- 
Ltigs,  "I  aliall  in  one  respect,  at  least,  acense  yon  of  disaitnalatiMi, 
that  of  fcigniog  a  re^rd  for  me  jou  never  fult." 

"  Such  an  nccuiatioD  is  now  of  little  consequence,"  replied  Amanda; 
**  perhaps  you  had  better  think  it  just." 

"  Cruel,  inexorable  giri,  to  refuse  seeing  me,  to  wish  to  have  tie 
MUJety  which  preys  upon  inj  heart  prolonsod." 

"  Young  man,"  said  the  prioress,  in  an  accent  of  displeasure,  sea- 
ing  the  tears   streamiDg    down  Amanda's    cheulis,   "'  respect    her 

"Heapeet  tbom,  niailam,"  repealed  lie;  "0  heaven!  I  respect,  I 
venerate  tliem :  but  will  yon,  my  dear  lady  I  when  Uiss  Fitzolon  ia 
able,  prevail  on  lier  to  oommunicato  the  particulars  of  our  aoquaint- 
BQce;  and  will  yon  then  becoiue  my  advocate,  and  persnade  her  t) 
receive  my  viaite!" 

"Impossible,  sir,"  said  the  prioress;  "I  sliall  never  attempt  tii 
desire  a  larger  share  of  oonfidence  from  Miss  Fitzalan  than  she  deeiret 
to  bestow  upon  me.  From  my  knowledge  of  her  I  am  convinoed  her 
conduct  will  be  always  guided  by  discretion  ;  she  has  greatly  obliged 
me  by  cboobing  tiis  humble  retreat  for  her  residence;  she  has  put 
herself  nnder  my  protection,  and  I  sliall  endeavour  to  f\dfil  that 
aaored  trust  by  securing  her  from  any  molestation." 

"Well,  madam,"  said  Lord  Mortimer,  "I  flatter  myself  Miw  Fiu- 
alan  will  do  riie  Justice  in  declaring  my  visits  proceeded  from  wishM, 
which,  though  she  may  disappoint,  »he  cannot  disapprove,  I  shall  no 
longer  intrude  upon  your  time  or  hers,  but  will  sUtl  hope  I  shall  find 
you  bo  til  less  inflexible." 

Ho  took  up  his  hat,  he  approached  the  door;  but  when  lie  glanoei 
■t  Amanda,  he  conid  not  de[>art  without  speaking  to  her,  and  SffaiQ 
o  the  coucli.  Ho  entreated  her  lo  compose  and  etert  herself; 
h*  tlutired  her  forgiveuess  for  any  warmtb  he  had  betrayed,  end  U* 


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U  I     ABB  ST. 


14» 


1  her  now 


irldspercd  to  her  that  all  his  eortbl;  happiness  depended  o 
loratioQ  to  health,  and  her  becoruing  bu.  He  iouist^d  o 
giviag  him  her  hitnd  as  a  pledge  of  amlt;  between  thera.  6he  com- 
plied: but  when  presuming  on  tida,  he  aguin  asked  her  consent  to 
■  npeat  his  risits,  he  found  her  inesorable  aa  ever,  and  retired  if  not 
with  a  displeased,  with  a  disapjwiutcd  ooantenance.  Siat«r  Mar^ 
itl«Ddcd  him  Irom  the  opartmeui.  At  the  door  of  the  convent  ho 
nquested  her  to  nall<  a  few  pauea  from  it  with  him,  aajing  he  wonted 
to  speaK  to  her.  She  consented,  and  remcuibering  he  was  the  peraoa 
tho  frightened  her  one  evening  amongst  the  rnina,  detertiiined  now, 
if  she  had  an  opportunity,  to  asic  what  had  then  brought  him  hither. 

I«rd  Mortimer  linew  the  poverC;  of  the  convent,  and  feared  Am  and* 
night  want  many  things,  or  its  inhalutante  be  distressed  tt>  prooura 
Qiem  fur  her;  he  therefore  pulled  oat  a  parse  and  presenting  it  to 
Hster  Itarj,  reqnested  alie  would  apply  it  for  Miss  Fitzalan'a  n»e, 
wilhont  uentioniog  any  tiling  abont  it  to  her. 

Sister  Mar;  shook  tlie  parse, — "  Oh  I  Jesu  Maria,"  exclaimed  she, 
"  bow  heavy  it  is  I" 

Lord  Mortimer  was  retiring,  when  catddng  bold  of  him,  tlie  cried, 
"Stay,  stay,  I  have  a  word  or  two  to  say  to  you:  I  wonder  bow  much 
there  is  in  this  purse?" 

Lord  Mortimer  smiled.  "Jf  not  enongh  for  the  present  emergencies, 
■ud  he,  "  it  sliall  soon  be  replenislied." 

6iBl«r  Mary  sat  down  npon  a  tomb-stona,  and  very  de1iberat«lj 
counted  the  money  into  bur  lap.     "  Ob  I  roerov,"  said  ahe,  "  I  sever 
o  many  guineas  together  before  in  fJl  my  lifel" 

Aguin  Lord  Mortimer  smiled,  and  was  retiring,  but  again  stopping 


him,  she  returned  the  g 
vonld  or  durst  Iceep  it. 

Lord  Mortimer  was  ] 
replying  to  it  walked  oi 
the  purse  at  his  feet,  was 

When  she  returned  t 


)  the  purse,  and  declared  she  neither 

'oked  at  this  deolaratioa,  and  witboat 
She  ran  nimlly  after  him  and  dropping 

i  of  sight  in  a  moment, 
the  prioress'  apartment  slie  related  tbe 


incident,  aad  tcwk  much  merit  to  herself  for  acting  eo  pmdenlly 
The  prioress  commended  her  very  much,  and  poor  Amarila,  with  a 
Unt  voice,  «aid  she  had  acted  quite  right. 

A  Utde  room,  'amda  the  prioress'  chamber,  wa<  prepared  fo> 
Amanda,  into  wbicb  aha  wat  now  conveyed,  and  the  good  natnr«4 
ritter  Mary  brought  her  own  bed,  and  laid  it  boslde  bar*. 


I 


CHAPTER    XXSV. 


It  will  uuw  be  necessary  to  nccoiiiit  for  lite  sudden  B|ipear»DM 
of  Ixird  Mortimer  at  tlje  ccnvetit. — Our  readur  may  recollect  that  w» 
left  iiiiii  ill  London,  in  the  deepest  atBiction  fur  the  supposed  perfidy 
of  Amanda:  an  affliction  which  kuew  no  diniinution  from  time. 
Neither  the  tenderness  of  his  aunt,  Lady  Martha  Dormer,  or  Die  kind 
consideration  his  father  showed  for  hini,  who,  for  ilie  present,  ocniied  to 
importnnahimahoutl^y  Euphrasia,  conldhave&iiy  lenient  effect  opon 
him;  he  jiined  in  thotiRht,  and  felt  a  distaste  to  all  society;  he  at  last 
began  to  think,  that  tbongh  Amanda  had  been  nnhappily  led  astray, 
she  might  ere  this  have  repented  of  her  error,  and  forsaken  Colonel 
Belgrave;  to  know  whether  ahe  had  done  so,  or  whether  she  conld 
he  prevailed  upon  to  give  him  ap,  lie  believed  would  bo  on  allevintioo 
of  hit  sorrows.  No  sooner  hod  he  persuailed  himself  of  this  than  he 
determined  on  going  to  Ireland  without  delay,  to  visit  Captain 
Fitzalan,  and  if  she  was  not  returned  to  4iis  [irotection,  advise  with 
him  about  «ome  method  of  restoring  her  to  It. 

Be  told  Lord  Cherbury  he  thought  an  excursion  into  Wales  woihl 
be  of  servi(»  to  him.  Ilis  lordship  agreed  on  thinbing  it  might;  end 
secretly  delighted  that  all  danger  relative  to  Amanda  was  over, 
(dadly  ooncurred  in  whatever  could  please  his  son,  Aattering  himself, 
that  on  his  return  U>  London,  he  wonld  no  longer  raise  any  objections 
to  an  ollianoe  with  the  fair  Scotch  lieiress. 

Lord  Mortimer  travelled  with  as  much  expedition  to  Holyhead,  aa 
if  certain  that  perfect  happiness,  not  a  small  alleviation  of  misery, 
wonld  be  the  recompense  of  his  jonmey.  He  concealed  tVom  his  aunt 
tlie  real  motive  which  actuated  him  to  it,  blusldng  even  to  hiinself  at 
the  weakness  he  still  felt  relative  to  Amanda. 

Wlieu  he  crossed  the  water,  ho  again  set  off  post,  attended  on  bors«- 
back  only  by  his  own  man;  witliin  one  mile  of  Castle  Carberry  he 
met  a  little  monrufol  procession  approaching,  which  was  attendini 
poor  Flliiikn  to  his  laat  home.     The  earring  stopped  to  t«t  theu 


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CMILKhEN      Ul       I  UK      ABUt^r.  301 

poaa,  tuA  ij  tiiti  last  of  the  group  hp  perceiveil  Julinatcn,  wtio  ut  tha 
»Aa6  iiiuiiiont  recugiiixed  liim.  Joliuaten  with  imidi  sui-prbe  in  hit 
loacieiiflri™.  stopped  up  to  Ihe  carriage,  and  oftur  bowing,  and  hura- 
>i'f  b'l^piiig  hig  lordsLip  was  well,  with  a  melancliuly  siiake  of  bis 
Lead,  informed  liiin  nhiMU  remaina  he  was  following. 

"Oaptwn  Eltzalaa  dead  I"  repeated  Lord  Mortimer,  with  a  face  ai 
pale  an  ileatli,  and  a  faltering  voioo,  while  liia  heart  sunk  within  him 
at  itie  idea,  tlial  hia  futher  was  to  some  degree  accesEarj  to  the  fatal 
event;  Ibr  jUBt  belbre  he  left  lAindoa  Lord  Charhury  hod  iofunned 
liiin  of  the  letter  he  wrote  to  Fitzalan,  and  this  he  belioTed,  Joined 
to  bio  own  immediate  family  nilsfortanes,  had  precipitated  liim  from 
tliB  world,     "Oapajn  Fitsalan  dead  I"  ho  Molaimed. 

"  Yes,  and  please  yoa  my  lord,"  said  Jobnaten,  wiping  away  a  tear, 
"and  he  has  not  left  a  better  or  a  braver  man  bcbiiul  bim.  Poor 
gentleman,  tiie  world  pressed  bard  upon  him." 

"Had  he  no  tender  friend  about  bira?"  asked  Lord  Mortimer. 
"  Wei-e  neither  of  bis  children  with  himl" 

"  Ob  I  yes,  my  lord,  poor  Miaa  Amanda." 

"She  was  with  him?"  said  Lord  Mortimer  in  an  eager  aceuit. 

"  Yea.  my  lord,  she  returned  hero  about  ten  days  ago,  bnt  uo  sadlj 
sltere<t,  1  think  she  won't  stay  long  behind  him.  Poor  thing,  slie  ia 
going  fust,  indeed,  and  the  more's  the  pity,  for  she  is  a  sweet 


Lord  Mortimer  was  inexpressibly  shocked ;  be  wished  to  bide  his 
emotions,  and  waved  his  band  to  Johnaten  to  depai't;  bnt  Jobnaten 
either  did  not,  ur  would  not  nndersUnd  Ibe  motion,  and  tie  was 
obliged  in  broken  accenla  to  say,  he  would  no  longer  de.ain  him. 

The  return  of  Amnnda  was  to  bim  a  conviction  that  she  bad  seen 
her  error  in  its  true  light ;  he  pictured  to  himself  the  aJecting  scene 
which  mnat  have  ensned  between  the  dying  father  aud  a  penitent 
daughter,  so  loved,  so  valued  as  was  Amanda,  her  situation  when 
ahe  received  his  forgiveness  and  benediction  ;  he  represented  her  to 
himself  Hs  at  onca  bewailing  the  loss  of  her  father,  and  her  otTenees, 
endeavouring,  by  prayers,  by  tears,  by  sighs,  to  obliterate  thom  in  tbs 
sight  of  Heaven,  and  render  herself  fit  to  receive  its  awful  fiat. 

lie  heard  she  was  dying ;  his  soul  recoiled  at  the  idea  of  seeing  her 
Rhronded  in  her  native  clay,  and  yet  be  ouuld  not  help  believing  tiiit 
the  only  peaceful  osjliim  she  could  find,  to  be  "Vccd  {fun  the  shaft* 


of  contempt,  aad  mulice  of  the  world.  He  tremblEil  lest  he  sboold 
not  behold  the  lovely  penitent  while  the  was  capable  ol'  observing 
him:  to  receive  a  last  adieu,  though  dreadful,  wonid  yet  he  thought 
lighten  the  horrors  of  an  eternal  separation,  and  perhaps  too,  il  wonld 
be  aorae  comfort  to  her  departing  spirit  to  know  from  him  he  had 
pardoned  her,  and  conscious  sure)}',  he  thought  to  himself,  she  icust 
be  of  needing  pardon  from  hlin,  whom  ahe  had  so  long  imposed  on 
by  a  specious  pretest  of  virtue.  He  had  heard  from  Lord  Cherbury, 
that  Captain  FitziJan  had  qoitted  the  castle;  he  knew  not  therefore 
at  present  where  to  find  Amanda,  nor  did  he  chooM  ui  make  any 
inquiries  till  he  agun  saw  Johnaten. 

As  soon  B3  the  procession  was  out  of  eight  he  alighted  from  the 
carriage ;  and  ordering  his  man  to  discharge  it  on  arriving  at  Csella 
Carberry,  he  look  a  path  across  the  fields,  which  brought  him  to  tli« 
ride  of  the  uhnruh-jard  where  Fitzalan  wa^  to  be  interred. 

He  reached  it  jost  as  the  ooflia  was  lowering  inio  Iliu  eartb ;  a  yew 
tree  growing  by  the  wall  against  which  he  leaned  hid  him  from 
observation.  He  heard  many  of  the  mstics  mentioning  the  merit*  of 
the  deceased,  in  tenne  of  warm,  though  artless  commendation,  as  bo 
saw  Johnaten  receiving  the  hat  and  sword,  which,  as  military  tro- 
phlee,  he  hod  laid  npon  the  coffin,  with  a  flood  of  tears. 

When  the  obnrch-jord  wua  cleared,  Le  stepped  across  the  broken 
trail  to  the  silent  mansion  of  Fitzalan ;  the  scene  was  wild  and  dreary, 
Ukd  a  lowering  evening  seemed  in  nnison  with  the  sad  objects  around. 
Lord  UorlJmer  was  annk  in  the  deepest  despondence;  he  felt  awfiiUy 
convinced  of  the  instability  of  human  attainments,  and  the  vanity  of 
hnmon  pnrsnits,  not  only  from  the  ceremony  be  bad  Just  witnessed, 
bnt  bis  own  situation;  the  fond  hopes  of  his  hearty  the  gay  expeota- 
tions  of  his  youth,  and  the  hilarity  of  his  sool  were  blasi«d — never,  he 
feared,  to  revive.  Virtue  rank,  and  fortune,  advantages  so  highly 
prized  by  mankind,  were  unable  to  give  him  comfort,  to  remove  tha 
malady  of  liis  heart,  to  odniiniHler  one  obvious  antidote  to  a  mind 
diseased. 

*' Peace  to  thy  shade,  thon  uufortnnatc  soldier,"  exclaimed  he,  after 
standing  some  time  by  the  gmve  with  folded  arms;  "peace  to  tby 
»^liadel  peace  which  shall  reward  thee  for  a  life  of  toil  and  trouble. 
ipy  sbiiuld  I  hnve  deemed  r 


i  myself,  I 


J  my  l( 


lightened  Ihy  grief,  or  cheered   thy  closing  hour>;  but  tb^se  who 


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ouiLDKBn    or    iBK    ABBCi.  86t 

•feis  Nearer  to  thee  than  oiiatence  I  may  yet  serve,  and  Ihns  unaka 
tLt  only  atooem^Dt  now  la  my  power  fur  tbe  injiistiee  J  Tear  wa« 
[lono  tiiee :  thy  Amanila  and  thy  gallant  son  fiball  he  niy  care,  and 
bis  path,  I  trust,  it  will  be  in  my  power  to  amootii  tliroogh  life." 

A  tear  IVdl  from  Lord  Mortimer  apon  the  grave,  and  he  turned 
mournfully  trora  it  towards  Cantle  Carberry.  Here  Jobnaten  wu 
srrivad  before  him,  and  hod  already  a  large  fire  llglitud  in  th« 
''.reasing-room.  poor  Amanda,  od  coming  to  the  castle,  bad  ohoien 
'br  herself.  Johnaten  fixed  od  this  for  Lord  Mortimer,  as  the  pv- 
'.onrs  had  been  sliat  up  ever  since  Captain  Fit^alau's  departure,  and 
ccold  not  be  put  in  order  till  the  neit  day  |  but  it  was  Llie  worst 
place  Lord  Mortimer  oould  have  entered,  as  not  only  itself,  but  every 
thing  is  it  reiiiinded  him  of  Amanda,  and  the  grief  it  excited  at  hit 
first  entrance  was  ao  violent,  as  t^  idorm,  not  only  his  nian  who  was 
spreading  n  table  with  refreshments,  but  Johualeo,  who  waa  asslrjttng 
him.  lie  soon  checked  it,  however;  but  wlieu  be  attain  looked 
round  the  room,  and  beheld  it  ornomeuted  by  works  done  by 
Amanda,  ha  could  scarcely  prevent  another  burst  of  grief  as  viuleut 
as  Uie  Srat. 

He  now  learned  Amanda's  residence,  and  so  great  was  bia  Impa- 
tience to  see  h«r,  that,  appreliensive  tbe  convetit  would  soon  be 
closed,  ho  set  off,  fatigued  as  he  was,  without  taking  aiiy  rctresh- 

He  intended  to  ai^k  for  one  of  the  ladies  of  St.  Catliorioe's,  and 
entreat  ber,  if  Amanda  was  then  in  a  eituatiori  to  bo  seen,  to 
announce  his  arrival  to  her;  but,  after  rapping  repeatedly  with  a 
rattan  against  the  door,  the  only  person  who  appeared  u>  him  wna  a 
•ervant  girl.  From  her  he  learned  that  the  ladies  were  ail  in  the 
chapel,  and  that  Miss  Filzabn  was  in  the  prioress'  apartment.  Hs 
asked,  "Was  she  loo  ill  to  be  seen?"  The  giri  replied  "Ko;"  for 
having  only  entered  tbe  room  lu  leave  the  kettle  in  it,  at  a  time  when 
Amanda  was  composed,  she  imagined  slie  was  very  well. 

Lord  Mortitncr  then  told  her  his  n^me,  and  desired  ber  to  go  op  U> 
Miss  Fitzolan  and  inquire  whether  she  would  see  him.  The  girJ 
attempted  not  to  move;  she  was  in  reality  so  struck  of  a  heap,  by 
bearing  that  she  bad  been  talking  with  a  lord,  that  slie  knew  not 
whether  lUe  was  standing  on  her  bead  or  her  heels.  Lord  Muiliwer 
JTDpDting  her  silenca  to  disinclination  to  comply  with  his  request,  put 
aifulnea  into  htr  bnn<',  and  entreAtod  her  to  b«  ex|>ediliou«.    Thi« 


I 


I 


ss« 


restored  ber  U>  animation;  but  ere  she  re&clied  the  rooia  she  forgot' 
his  title,  and  being  aslioined  to  deliver  a  blundering  message  to  Misa 
Fitzalun,  or  to  appear  stupid  to  Lord  Mortimer,  she  returned  to  hitn, 
pretending  that  she  had  delivered  his  meeMge,  and  that  be  might  go 
np.  She  filiowed  tiim  the  door,  and  when  bti  entered  he  imputed  the 
tlleiice  of  Amanda,  and  her  not  moving,  to  the  effects  of  ber  grief. 
Ue  advanced  to  the  coitcb,  and  was  not  a  liti]e  shocked  on  seeing  her 
eyes  closed,  conclodiDg  from  this  that  elie  bad  fainted ;  bat  her  easy 
respiration  soon  convinced  him  thnt  \lu»  woa  a  mistake,  and  he 
linmediately  concluded  that  the  girl  hod  deceived  hint.  Ee  leaned 
over  her  UU  she  began  to  stir,  and  tlieo  retreated  behind  h«r,  lest  liia 
presence,  on  her  first  awaking,  ahould  alarm  her. 

What  took  place  in  tlie  interview  between  them  Las  alruadj  been 
related.  Notwithstanding  appearances  were  so  much  against  her, 
and  no  eiplniiation  had  onsned  relative  to  iliem,  from  tlie  moment 
the  asserted  her  iimocence  with  solemnity,  he  ooiild  no  longer  aoufat 
It,  and  yielding  at  once  to  his  conTiction,  to  his  love,  to  his  pity  for 
her,  he  again  renewed  hii  overtures  for  a  anion.  Hearing  of  th' 
etratagems  hud  for  her  destruction,  the  dangers  she  liad  escaped,  U)s 
distresses  she  had  experienced,  made  him  more  anxions  than  ever 
for  completing  it;  that  hy  his  constant  protection  he  might  aecnre 
her  from  similar  trials,  end  by  his  tenderness  and  core,  restore  her  to 
health,  peace,  and  happiness.  He  longed  for  the  period  of  her  tri- 
umphing over  the  {>erfidions  msrohionesa  and  the  detestable  Lady 
Euphrasia,  by  being  raised  to  that  station  they  had  so  long  attempted 
to  prevent  her  attuning,  and  thus  proving  to  them  that  virtae, 
sooner  or  later,  will  oounleroct  the  designs  of  vice.  He  felt  a  degr** 
of  rapture  at  the  idea  of  being  no  longer  obliged  to  regret  the  ardent, 
the  nnabated  affection  he  f^t  for  her. 

His  transports  wore  somewhat  ohecied  when  she  solemnly  declared 
B  Dniou  between  them  im])Oseible,  and  forbade  his  seeing  her  again. 
He  was  piqued  by  the  steadiness  with  which  she  repealed  this  reso- 
lution, but  her  present  weak  state  prevented  his  betraying  a^y  resent- 
ment, and  he  flattered  himself  he  would  bo  able  to  conquer  her 
obstinacy;  he  could  not  now  indeed  despair  of  any  event  after  the 
Duexpected  restoration  of  Amanda  to  his  esteem,  and  the  revival  of 
those  hopea  of  felicity,  which  io  the  oertdnty  of  having  lost  her  had 
bded  away. 

He  retnrned,  as  Johnaten  said,  nu  altered  mat;  Io  the  cwtle;  he  no 


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longer  &iperienoed  horror  at  estering  Ihe  dressing  room,  wliiuli  diu- 
p^jed  BO  nian;  TMtJgea  of  lus  AiDondu's  taste. 

He  Tttsolved  on  on  immediate  union  as  the  earest  proof  he  could 
K  gtio  of  his  perfect  confidence  in  her  siaceritj,  not  allowing  himself 
to  suppose  abe  wonld  continne  Ann  in  tlie  resolution  the  had  recently 
.  trowed  to  him.  He  then  intended  setting  off  for  London,  and  spar- 
lag  ndther  time,  trouble,  nor  expense,  to  obtftin  from  the  inferior 
I  Sfenta  in  the  plot  laid  against  her,  a  full  avowal  of  the  part  they  had 
dieuiselv«a  acted  in  it,  and  all  they  knew  relative  to  those  performed 
.fcf  oth^ni.  This  was  not  designed  for  his  own  aatitfaotion;  be 
wanted  no  confirmation  of  what  Amanda  had  aiiserl«d,  aa  hi«  meaolng 
Id  uarry  her  immediately  demonstrated ;  it  waa  to  cover  with  conft- 
<  ^D  those  who  had  meditated  her  destruction,  and  add  to  tiie  horron 
they  would  experience  when  tbej  found  her  emerging  from  obscurity, 
IS  Misa  FiUalnn,  but  La>ly  Uortimer.  Such  prooQ  of  her  mno- 
1  would  also  prevent  malice  from  saying  be  was  a  dupe  of 
Art,  and  lie  was  convinced,  for  both  tlieir  sakes,  it  was  requisite  to 
,  procure  tliem ;  be  would  then  avow  Lis  marriage,  return  for  his  wife, 
Introduce  her  to  his  friends,  and,  if  his  father  kepi  np  any  resentment 
ftinst  them  longer  than  he  expected,  he  knew,  in  Lady  .Martha 
Dormer's  honse,  and  at  Tudor  Ball,  he  would  find  not  only  an  eti^ble 
'but  pleasant  reGidence.  Those  delightful  schemes  kept  him  awoke 
luJf  the  night,  and  whun  hcrTell  asleep  it  was  only  to  dream  of  hap- 
piness and  \inanda. 

In  t!ie  morning,  notwithstanding  Ihe  prohibition  he  had  received 
O  the  contrary,  ha  went  to  inqnire  how  she  wa«,  and  to  try  to  se« 
ler.  Tlie  girl  wlio  had  answered  his  repeated  knocks  the  preceding 
•rening,  appeared,  and  told  Lim  Miss  Fitzulan  was  very  bad. — He 
began  to  think  that  this  must  he  a  pretest  to  avoid  seeing  him,  snd 
e  at  the  truth,  was  slipping  a  bribe  into  her  hand,  when  slater 
Jlary,  who  had  been  watching  tLen  from  on  adjoining  room, 
'  tppeared  and  slapped  this  measure.  She  rejieated  what  the  girl  had 
-jsst  said,  and,  in  addition  to  it,  dealared  that,  even  if  Misa  FitzaUn 
was  up,  she  wonld  not  see  him,  and  that  he  most  Mime  no  more  to 
Bt.  Catiiarine's,  aa  1>nth  Misa  Fitzoliin  and  the  priorees  would  resent 
inch  rondnct  exceedingly,  and  that,  if  he  wanted  to  inquire  after  llM 
health  of  the  former,  he  might  easily  send  a  servant,  and  it  would  be 
.  moch  better  done  than  tc  come  trisking  over  there  every  moment 


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Lord  Uonimer  woa  8erioD.--ij  dUi'leawd  with  tliia  uiiceremoQiim 
speech.  "Sti  1  anppuse,"  cried  he,  "you  want  W  make  areul  UQii  of 
Mias  Fitznlun,  and  Co  keep  her  from  all  con  versa  Mod." 

"And  a  happy  oreatnre  she  would  he  were  she  to  beomne  one  of 
ns,"  replied  aiater  Maryi  "and  as  to  keeping  her  from  conversation, 
ehc  might  have  aa  mocb  an  she  pleased  with  an;  one.  Indeed  I 
believe  the  poor  tiling  likea  yon  well  enoogh,  the  mure's  her  miiiror* 
line  fiT  doing  bo." 

"Itliank  yon,  madam,"  cried  Lord  Mortimer;  "I  unppose  it  onn 
of  yonr  vows  to  ipeak  truth;  if  so,  1  mast  acknowledge  you  keep  it 
rellginciHly," 

"  1  have  JQst  heard  her,"  proceeded  sister  Mary,  without  minding 
what  Hho  said.  "  tell  the  prioress  a  long  story  about  yon  and  herself^ 
by  which  I  find  it  was  her  father's  desire  she  should  have  nothing 
more  to  say  to  yon,  and  I  dare  nay  Ihe  poor  gentleman  had  good 
rcaMODS  for  doing  so.  I  beg,  my  lord,  yon  will  come  no  more  here, 
anil,  indeed,  1  think  it  was  a  shame  for  yon  to  give  money  to  tbt 
aimpleton  who  anawered  you.  Why,  it  was  enough  to  turn  the  girl'a 
bend,  and  set  her  mad  after  one  fallal  or  other," 

Lord  Hi>rcimer  ooold  not  depart  without  an  effort  to  win  sist«T 
Mary  over  to  Wis  favour,  and  engage  her  to  try  and  persnode  Mias  Fiu- 
alan  to  permit  his  visila ;  but  she  was  inllexihle.  He  Clien  entreated 
to  know  if  Amanda  was  so  ill  as  to  be  unable  to  rise.  She  aaanred 
him  she  was;  and  as  some  little  consolation  lo  the  distress  she  per- 
ceived this  Rssnraace  gave  him,  aaid  he  might  send  when  he  pleased 
to  inignire  after  lier  health,  and  she  would  lake  care  to  answer  the 
raeeaenger  herself. 

Lord  Morl'Tier  began  noT?(o be  serionsly  alarmed  leat  Captam  Fitx- 
alan  had  prevailed  on  his  daughter  to  moke  a  solemn  renunciation  of 
liiin:  if  this  was  iIiecaAe,  he  knew  nothing  cunid  prevail  on  her  to  break 
her  promise.  He  was  half  distracted  witli  doubt  and  anxiety,  whiofa 
were  scarcely  supjiortable,  when  he  reflected  that  they  could  not  for 
some  time  be  satistied,  since,  even  if  he  wrote  to  her  for  that  pur- 
pose, she  could  not  at  present  he  aide  to  answer  his  letter ;  again  ha 
fult  convince*]  of  the  instability  of  earthly  happiness,  and  tlie  dose 
ODiui«xion  there  has  ever  been  between  pleasure  and  pais. 


or      TMt      ABB 


CHAPTEB    SSSVI. 


Tei  iLtigue,  distress,  and  agitation  of  Amanda  could  no  longer  lie 
•Crc^^ed  witb ;  she  auak  beoeath  their  viulcnce,  and  for  a  week  was 
Conttn:d  ',i  lier  bed  by  tlie  fever,  which  seized  her  in  England,  and 
had  "iveF  since  lurked  in  her  veins.  The  whole  sisterhood,  who  took 
it  in  turn  to  attend  her,  vied  with  each  other  in  kindnesu  and  care  to 
the  poor  invalid.  Tiieir  efforts  for  her  recovery  were  aided  by  a  skil- 
fnl  [diysicinn  from  the  neit  town,  who  colled  wilNout  lieirig  sent  for 
at  the  convent.  He  uiid  liu  had  known  Cajitaln  FilzaUn,  and  tlint, 
'leariiif;  that  Miss  Fitzidan  was  indisposed,  he  had  coins  in  liupet  ha 
might  he  of  service  to  the  daughter  of  a  mau  he  »o  much  esteemed, 
lie  wonld  accept  of  no  fee,  and  the  prioress,  who  was  a  woman  of 
Eagacity,  suspected,  as  well  oa  Antanda,  that  be  came  by  the  direction 
of  Lord  Mortimer:  nor  were  they  mistaken,  for,  distrooted  with 
Bpprelienstone  about  her,  he  had  taken  this  method  of  lightening  bii 
fears,  flattering  himself,  by  the  eicellent  advice  he  had  pntcnred,  her 
recovery  wonld  be  mnch  expedited,  and  of  coarse  bis  suspense  at  least 
tenrinnted.  The  doctor  did  not  withdraw  Ills  visits  when  Amanda 
wax  able  to  rise:  he  attended  her  punctually,  and  olten  paid  her  long 
vit^its,  which  were  of  infinite  service  to  her  spirits,  as  he  was  a  man 
of  much  information  and  cheerfi linens.  In  a  few  days  slie  was 
removed  from  her  chamber  into  a  pleasant  room  below  stairs,  which 
opened  into  the  garden,  where,  leaning  on  tlie  friendly  doctor's  arm, 
or  one  of  the  nnna,  she  walked  at  different  times  a  few  miniiles  enoh 
day.  Lord  Mortimer,  on  hearing  thia,  thought  he  might  aoir  soliuil 
an  interview,  and  accordingly  wrote  for  tliat  purpose. 


•■Lonl  HDnlmir  prcmiU  kin  «m|iUiiicDU  lo  >fl»  FIiuIid,  flatUn  blnrwir  •!»  w» 
Urn.    Be  anaw  think  ibi  XU  nfUK  hlin  in  reuoDible  ■  rcqnnt:  b«  1i  iiluio;l  r-uti:ef< 


hu  eipeiiuiced  on  her  mo 


"  Cailit  Oarbirry,  lOlA  May," 

This  letter  greatly  diatressed  Amanda.  Blie  hod  hoped  Uie  pain  of 
■gun  I'eJeDting  his  visits  aad  requests  woald  liave  been  spared  her. 
mie  guessed  &t  the  expression  he  alluded  to  in  hia  letter;  tliey  wer» 
those  she  hod  dropped  relative  to  the  promise  to  her  father,  and, 
fi^m  the  impetuous  and  tender  feelings  of  Lord  Mortimer,  she  easilj 
conceived  the  agon;  he  would  esperienoe  when  he  found  this  prooiise 
inviolalile. — She  felt  more  for  his  distress  than  her  own  ;  her  heart, 
seasoned  in  the  school  of  adversity,  oonld  hear  its  sorrows  with  calm* 
ness;  hut  this  was  not  hla  case,  and  she  paid  the  tribute  of  tears  to  a 
love  so  fervent,  so  ftutliful,  and  so  hopejess. 

Bhe  then  re<(oested  sister  Mar;,  to  acquaint  his  messenger  that  she 
received  no  visits ;  tiiat,  as  aha  was  tolerably  recovered,  she  entreated 
his  lordship  would  not  take  tiie  trouble  of  continning  his  inqairies 
•bout  her  health,  or  to  send  her  any  more  written  messages,  as  she 
was  nnable  to  answer  them.  The  priorees  who  was  present  when  sba 
reodved  the  letter,  commended  her  exceedingly  for  tlie  fortitude  and 
discretion  she  had  manifested.  Amanda  had  deeined  it  necessary  to 
inform  her,  after  the  conversation  she  beard  between  her  and  Lord 
Jtortiraer,  of  Uie  terras  on  which  they  stood  with  each  other,  and  lis 
prioress,  who  doubted  whether  his  lordship  was  in  reality  as  honoara- 
bte  aa  he  professed  iiimsell^  thougbt  Amanda  on  the  sure  side  in 
declining  his  visiti>. 

Tlie  next  morning  the  doctor  called  as  nsnal.  Uc  toid  Amanda  be 
had  brought  her  an  entertaining  book,  for  no  such  thing  conld  he  pro- 
cured at  St.  Catharine's;  and,  as  she  had  espre^ised  her  regret  at  this, 
from  the  time  she  lind  been  able  to  read,  he  had  supplied  her  (ram 
bis  library,  which  was  eilensive  and  well  chosen. 

lie  did  not  present  it  to  her  till  h*  was  retiring,  and  then  aaid, 
with  a  signiEcanl  smile,  she  would  find  it  contained  something  wor- 
thy of  her  particular  attention.  Amanda  was  alone,  and  immeiliatcly 
opened  it.  Great  was  her  astonishment  when  a  letter  dropped  from 
it  into  her  lap  I  She  snatched  it  up,  and  perodving  the  direction  in 
Lord  Mortimer's  band  she  heHitated  whether  she  ehonld  open  a  letter 
Mfifeyed  in  this  manaM";  bnt  to  return  it  unopened  was  snrely  • 


lUght  Lord  Mortimer  merited  not,  imd  she  broke  the  seal  wlUi  i 
trembliog  band  aod  a  palpitating  hearL 


•■  To  comptl  Bic  Id  arr  MnilKt«>«  i"  wrillat  U  run.  KDd  to  i1(Mrr>T  III*  4ellgh<fal  bapH 

vhleh  had  ipronj;  In  my  k>uJ  m  the  prospect  oT  b^ag  kbont  Id  reeeir«  a  mnrd  tor  nf 

\        tuffurLEigf'    Am  I  CTiT  to  be  iDToiTed  tn  doubta  Aod  perplexltj  dd  foar  ftcdouil  F    Am  1 

'•  Tan  moBL  be  Hoelble  of  the  unklrTy  I  ihaU  rod  oalQ  ji^ur  untlguooe  expreRtfcma  lire 

'        tiitlf  elpldoed,  ud  j-el  71111  reftue  Ihli  eipUnUliin  1    Bui  you  bkirc  no  pl>r  fat  aj 

}       fKllDfi.    Would  11  not  be  niDce  generooi  Id  roq  to  penult  bji  biUtrle*  tfau  U>  keep  me 

^H        Tul  baprlDoa  In  chlmcrkul  ideu  of  IbeiD.    Borelj  I  iliiill  act  be  loo  prenimpluaiu  In 
^^        UT^ni.  lh><i  V  >be  refird  Amiodi  once  daltered  me  wtUi,  li  undlntlDlibed,  th«  ■III.  bj 
rdtullug  B  union  vtlh  me,  leaie  me  not  Die  onlj  mArer. 


nrar  jou.  Qh  I  my  Auandt,  from  neb  ■  iHm 
bj  ItklDB  refq^e  In  blT  vm,  who  will  b«  Co  joi 
baforfl  ne^  ctUIi  the  oUifmtlone  for  keeplnr  n 
larly  wben  Uw  mollTej  which  led  to  nch  n  p: 
hnrt  by  Iho  DnfbrtiiuM  Eetlcf  be  TeeelTed  from 
•on,  uil  coUed  npon  yon.  wllbout  lellectUiK  r 
|lvo  me  up.  Thie  U  Itaa  only  reuon  I  cu  coi 
hul  I  but  (rrlTed  whUe  he  could  baie  lliteoed 


I 


WlJt.^  III!  It 


Id  Hudj  to  CTlnat  hig  Inlilude  for  neb  a 


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This  letter  <ie«pl;  afiucted  the  seasiLility,  but  could  not  shake  the 
reBolntioD  of  Amonds.  She  would  not  Lave  answered  it,  as  she 
conaidered  an;  currespon deuce  an  infringement  on  tlie  promisea  ghe 
bad  pvca  h«r  father  to  decline  any  further  intitDBo;  with  him :  hat, 
from  the  warmth  and  agitation  displayed  in  his  letter,  it  wa»  evident 
to  her  that  if  he  did  not  receive  an  immediate  anawer  to  it,  he  would 
oome  to  St.  Catliarlne^e,  and  Insiat  on  seeing  her :  and  she  felt  Basurod, 
that  ahe  would  much  better  deliver  her  sentimentB  upon  paper  than 
to  him.    She  aceordinKly  wrote  as  fulluws; 


i 


Iw,  IBj  hnn  linlu  wltliiD  n 

10.— Ohf 

bid  1  b«D  tho  i^nl;  luArer,  I  iJiouia  d«[ 

an  rdt » 

(mi  ■  difrn  or  igDOj  u 

nduK.    Bui  I  irlll  DOL  (I«pm1t  .bout  mj  d 

uiOuui 

kind  lo  hli  ilrWr,  iFhlch  m  nnuiKdcUr 

r«Hwl  hw 

bcrWU  •tiprlrsd  of  «U  ttnUj  cuiDFiirt,  m 

.y  10  hl» 

l.»c  IwcD  equiOJ  J  nwn^uJ. 

liul  I  wlibud  lo  be  eipllcll. 

□t.    Tuo  Hon  know  mjr  t» 

Ira  ;rau  site  knomjrMUiipi  In  pllj  lo  Umm 

■pinma 

•Br  mnhcr  codOIcu.   Kij 

Um  lr.DtuU  b^.t>lMH  rm  »  Wuij  itxtrn  Hon 

berouni 

ihi  DBl,  nr  lord,  beuuc  dlHppaln 

W«Ww.»l.h-hld>yoa.r 

dtd  i  II.  ndflUliif  lb.  BUlmt  irbieh  jaur  Wnrt^  row 

w  how  irii1]t  foa  merit  ihoH  bleulnp ,  and 

bulifaiU 

uilcn  KfTEli  from  your  h 

«i.  lOT  lard  1  luoer  no  unnuliKu  on  n>T 

UtaTcn  |Tul<i>x  my  urt.  1  HiLK  no 

ttenmi -):<»,  conKlou. 

Kled  ucordlnc  lo  Ux  |>nucl|.^u  of  tlgl".  I 

htUrnlor 

Il>t».l.llj«hlch««'.<l 

Dd,KL( 

blbll  Ufa  win,  I  Iruit.  irer  mi 


Slie  deapnlclied  tliis  by  on  oltl  niui,  who  wu  employed  in  iLe 

I   gATilen  lit  St,  Catharine's ;  but  her  spirits  were  so  niuch  affi>cte<I  by 

writing  it,  she  was  ohligcd  to  go  np  and  lie  on  the  bed.    She  coneid- 

I  veil  herself  as  having  taken  a  final  adieu  of  Lord  Uortimer,  and  tho 

I  idea  was  too  painful  to  be  supported  with  foriitnde ;  tender  and  fcr- 

f  Tent  as  hi»  attachment  wn»  now  to  her,  sbe  believed  the  horrj  and 

battle  of  tlie  ttorld  in  which  he  tnn/it  he  engaged  would  Boon  erodi- 

Mte  it ;  a  tracbfer  of  his  affections  to  one  equal  to  himself  in  rnnktuid 

r  fortune  was  a  probable  event,  and  of  course  a  total  expulsion  of  her 

I  from  his  memory  would  follow ;  a  deadly  coldness  stole  npun  her 

I  beart  at  the  idea  of  being  forgotten  by  bim,  and  produced  a  SoM.  tA 

L  IQ 


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tun.  She  iLeu  began  to  accnse  hi^rself  uf  incun^i^Uiucj.  5bu  bail 
oftea  thought,  if  Lord  Mortimer  was  restored  to  happiness,  she  should 
feol  more  tranqnillity ;  and  now,  when  the  means  of  efTectlng  this 
restoration  occnrrei!,  she  ti'embled  and  lamented  as  if  it  would 
increase  her  miserj.  "  I  am  aelfish,"  said  she  to  herself,  "  Id  defiiring 
the  prolongation  of  an  affection  which  mnst  ever  be  hopeleHH:  I  am 
weak,  in  regretting  the  probabilitj  of  its  trousfer,  as  I  can  never 
retnm  it. 

To  conijuer  those  feelings,  she  fonnd  she  niiirt  banish  I/>ri!  Morti* 
mer  from  lier  thonghts.  Except  she  snc.eedediti  some  degree  in  this, 
she  ft>!t  she  never  ahoold  he  nblo  to  exert  tlie  fortitade  her  present 
Bitnation  demanded.  She  now  saw  a  prohahilitj  of  her  esist«aoe 
hciug  prolonged,  and  the  bread  of  idleness  or  dependence  euuld  never 
be  EWeet  to  Amanda  FitTJiIan. 

She  had  liiin  abont  an  hour  on  the  bed,  and  was  about  rising,  ami 
retnrning  to  the  parlour,  when  sister  Uary  entered  ilie  ch.iruber,  and 
delivered  lier  a  letter.  Ere  Amanda  looked  at  tlie  snpencriplion,  her 
agitated  heart  foretold  her  whom  it  came  from.  Slio  wns  not  mista- 
ken in  her  ooi^ectnre ;  hut  as  she  held  it  in  her  hand,  she  liesitate«l 
whether  sheahould  open  it  or  not,  "Yet,"  said  she  to  herself,  "it 
con  be  no  p-eat  harm ;  he  canuot,  alter  wliat  I  liave  deelare<],  siip|iuM 
my  resolution  to  be  shaken.  lie  writes  to  assure  me  uf  )iis  perfect 
acquiescence  to  it.  Sister  Mar;  lett  her  at  llie  instant  her  dulibera- 
tions  ended,  by  opening  the  letter. 


irnbleAiDudil    Bat 


Ibis  laconic  letter  astonished  Amanda.  By  its  style  it  was  evideni 
Lord  Mortimer  had  recovered  his  cheerfnlness ;  reci>vcrc<!  it  not  fr  nn 
a delemii nation  of  giving  her  np,  hnt  from  a  lifpe  of  tlnir  again 


r 


or    fax    ABBBT. 


asa 


meeting,  as  they  could  both  wish.  A  sodden  traoiiptirt  rushed  npon 
her  heart  at  siieli  an  idea,  I'Ut  quickly  died  away  when  she  reflected 
!t  wBB  almost  beyond  tlie  [loaslbilily  of  things  to  bring  about  a  pleaa- 
iDg  interview  between  them. — Slie  knew  Lord  Mortimer  hitd  a 
■anguine  temper,  and  Uiough  it  might  mialced  him,  she  rt^solved  it 
abonld  not  mislead  her.  She  could  not  form  the  most  distant  Htiriniae 
of  what  he  had  now  in  agitation  ;  hut  whatever  it  was,  she  firmly 
believed  it  would  end  in  disappointment. — To  refuse  every  request  of 
his  woa  painfnJ ;  but  propriety  demanded  she  should  not  aOJede  to 
the  last ;  for  one  etep,  she  wiiiely  considered,  from  tlje  I'oe  st  pru- 
dence she  had  marked  out  fur  herself  to  take,  might  plunge  iier  in 
difficulties  from  which  she  would  flud  it  impoasihle  toextricute  her»elf. 
With  an  unsteady  hand  ahe  returned  the  following  answer. 

"Mr  Lou; 
"1  cuiDOT  eomplj  wlUi  t^"^  re^Ht:  rem  Brnj*  If  roB  plcftK,  ntitKt  Inexorfcbtp 


rlDii'i  la  Id  miTHir  udI 
mr  lordflhtp**  pawer 


'MfiyW*.    a. 


Scarcely  had  Klie  sealed  this  letter  when  ahe  was  called  to  dinner; 
bnt  though  she  obeyed  the  summons,  she  could  not  eat.  Tho  exer- 
tions lier  writing  1o  Lord  Mortimer  required,  and  the  agitation  hia 
letter  had  thrown  her  into,  quite  eiliauated  her  strength  and  spirits. 
Tlie  nuns  witlidrew  soon  after  dinner,  and  left  her  alone  with  the 
prioress.  In  a  few  minutes  after  their  departure,  th"  cla  /ftra*i  er 
returned  from  Caatle  Corberry,  where  he  had  been  delit-eriiig  li«r 
letter.  After  informing  her  he  had  put  it  anfely  'nto  his  lordxliiti'i^ 
hbnds,  lie  added,  with  a  look  which  seemed  to  indicate  a  (ear  le^t  »l.e 
ahoold  be  distressed,  that  he  had  received  ndthei  letter  nor  inees^Ke 
from  him,  tliough  he  waited  a  long  time  in  expectation  of  reieiving 
either  one  or  the  other;  but  be  supposed,  he  said,  his  lurdahtp  waa  iu 


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BT. 


too  great  a  Ijurrj' just  tlien  to  pve  any  anavrcr,  as  a  cbtuse  and  ftmi 
was  waiting  lo  curry  hiin  to  Dublin. 

Atnaticliil)i}r»t  into  tenra  as  tLe  man  retired  [^orn  the  runtn.  Sha 
aaw  eLe  liad  wntten  to  Lord  Mortimer  for  ibe  lost  time,  and  abe 
•ouH  ni'  supiiress  tliia  tribute  of  regret.  Slie  was  tiriuly  convinced, 
fndeec',  ^be  sliould  bebold  bim  no  more.  Tbe  idea  of  vi»iiJng  her, 
atie  was  sore,  nity,  slie  hoped  he  would  relinqiiisb,  wlien  be  fuuud 
(wliich  abe  BU|i[HMed  would  soon  be  tJie  cane)  tbe  auhemes  ur  bopes 
which  Duw  buoyed  up  hia  spirits  iiDposgible  to  be  realised. 

'ilie  prioress  sympathized  in  her  sorrow ;  though  Dot  from  her  own 
uperieoue,  yet'  fi  oiu  the  experience  of  others,  she  knew  how  danger- 
ous and  bewitching  a  creature  uisn  in,  and  huw  difflcnit  it  is  to 
rvmove  tne  ohtuns  which  he  twines  around  tiie  female  heart :  to 
remove  tbiise  which  lay  so  heavy  upon  tbe  delicutu  and  tu-sceptlble 
heart  ol  her  young  friend,  without  leaving  a  curroHive  woanil,  was 
her  (dacere  wisli,  and  ly  strengthening  her  resolution,  sbe  boj>ed  sno- 
veas  would  ciiiwn  Ihcir  endeavours. 

T*o  hours  were  ela|>sed  since  her  messenger's  return  iVom  the 
caatle,  when  sister  Mary  entered  the  room  witl>  a  large  packal,  whioh 
she  pnt  ioto  Amanda's  banda,  saying,  it  was  given  her  by  Lord  Mor- 
timer's servant,  who  rode  olf  tlie  moment  he  delivered  it       ' 

Sister  Mary  made  no  scruple  of  saying,  she  should  Uke  to  know 
what  such  a  weighty  packet  contained. 

The  prioress  chid  her  in  a  laughing  manner  for  her  ourio^ity,  and 
drew  her  Into  tbe  garden,  to  give  Amanda  an  oppurtnnity  of  exuuin- 
iog  the  cnntonts. 

She  was  surprised,  on  breaking  the  seal,  to  perceive  a  very  band- 
some  pocket-bouk,  in  a  blank  cover,  and  found,  unsealed,  a  letter  to 
this  effect : 


tti*  alBi:fln  belong  ni  Ui  Ibe  rcflmeot,  I  d^U^r  injrHlf 


mlifartuDe.     Hj  hlond  baUi  with  IndlffiUln 
lie  10  Kiln  mno  lulelU. 


•Her  jou  nDUld  b*  iniLy  ImuppormblB,    Too  hitn  lUreiuij  raftaed  to  Infonn  qk  of  joor 
dMcnulnaDan  retnllie  u  Ihli  uiiwr;  niralj  I  nuj  Tenuin  U  roqanl  II  nay  ba  w  I 

*<Ttr  tola  Inio  jnur  pi«MDn  him,  Irbi,  Icl  Uilnja  luro  out  u  tfaoj  un;.  miut  anr 


ir  hi  Ih  fill 


"Jloni 


"Grucioa»  IieavenI"  B&id  Amnnda  to  herself,  "  wliat  ciui  he  nieiuit 
whuC  scheme  can  he  liave  in  ogilnlinu  which  will  removo  ttio  obsta- 
cles to  our  anion?  ile  Lere  Mems  to  agieBk  ol'  a  certainty  of  sitcoees. 
Oh  I  grant  ineraiful  power  I"  site  coiUimied,  raiviiig  her  meol:  eyes  to 
houven,  whilo  a  niaj  bJiiHh  »Uile  iipoo  her  checks,  "grant  that  indeed 
lie  may  b©  soocesaftil.  He  tulks  of  returuiug  to  Irelioid.  Still,"  pro- 
Cfleded  she,  rending  over  the  letter,  "na[uiririg  Bomething  more 
powerfnl  clmn  my  assiiranc*  to  convince  liira  of  the  fallauy  of  hU 
hopflu ;  BUtvlj  Lord  Mortimer  would  not  be  so  oruBl  as  to  raise 
eipcctHtiiiiij  in  niy  bosom,  witliout  iiu»e  in  bis  own  were  well 
lliunded.  No,  dear  Mortimer,  I  will  not  call  you  a  romtuittc 
visionary,  but  the  most  amiable,  the  moat  generoog  of  rnen,  who,  for 
poor  Amanda  enconntcni  difficulties,  and  aacrificos  every  splendid 
expectation."  Bhe  rejoiced  at  the  intention  he  had  declared  of 
seeking  ont  Oscar,  She  looked  forward  either  to  a  speedy  interview, 
or  sjioedy  intelligence  of  this  beloveil  brotlier,  as  she  knew  Ijord 
MortiTiier  would  seek  liim  with  the  persevering  spirit  of  bcuovolence 
and  leave  no  moans  untried  to  rei«toi-e  him  tn  her. 

Bhe  now  examined  tlie  contents  of  tlie  poeket-book ;  it  contained  i. 
I    number  of  smtUl  bills  K"  >l>e  auioont  of  two  hundred  jhi  inds — a  luriw 
,    pre.icnt,  hut  one  so  delicately  presented,  that  )ven  ber  ideas  of  pro- 
priety oould  scarcely  raise  a  scruple  against  her  acecptia(^.    TV,>f^  ^Vv- 


I 


I 


Iiowerer,  enggeat  ono:  nnoerUUn  how  matters  woald  jet  termin&to 
bviwecn  lier  and  Lord  Uurtiiner,  she  was  anwilling  to  receive  any 
pepiitiiary  oblinations  frora  him ;  but,  when  she  reflected  on  his  noble 
md  I'eeliug  beajt,  slie  knew  she  shonld  severely  wound  it  by  retum- 
t.ig  his  [irescnt:  she  'berefore  roaulved  un  keeping  it,  making;  a  kind 
of  coniproniise  with  her  feelings  abaut  the  matter,  by  detormining 
tliat,  except  entitled  to  receive  tliera,  she  would  ucrer  mure  aooept 
ihvoiire  of  ibis  nature  from  his  lurdabip. 

TtiD  prexcnt  one  indeed  was  a  most  seasonable  relief,  and  removed 
from  her  heart  a  loud  of  anxiety  which  Iiiid  wclgbed  on  it.  AJler 
paying  lier  father's  fiinsral  expenses,  the  peojile  with  whom  be  lodged, 
aiul  Ibe  a|ii>thecftry  who  had  attended  him,  sbe  found  herself  miatrest 
of  but  twenty  gumeas  in  tlie  whole  world,  and  more  than  half  of  th!* 
alio  wHisidered  aa  already  dne  lo  tlie  benavolent  aistcra  of  St. 
Ca'.liiirini's,  who  were  ill  able  to  aSbrd  any  additional  expense. 

She  bad  reM>lved  to  force  tlieiu  to  accept  what  indeed  she  deemed 
A  pcnr  rotDrn  for  Iheir  kindnesa  to  ber,  and  she  then  intended  to  retire 
tn  M  me  obneure  hovel  in  the  neigbboiirhood,  as  better  snited  to  the 
btate  of  her  finances,  and  continne  there  till  ber  health  was  snffioiectly 
restored,  to  enable  ber  to  make  exertions  for  her  livelihood ;  but  she  I 
shiicldered  nt  the  ide>a  of  leaving  8t.  Cntbarine's  and  residing  among 
a  set  iif  boors ;  ihe  felt  sen^utions  something  similar  to  those  we  iiiay 
snppiMe  a  person  would  foci,  who  was  about  being  comn'itte>^  to  A 
tempeKluona  ocean,  without  any  means  of  security. 

Loi'd  Miirlimor  had  prevented  the  necessity  which  bad  prompted 
her  to  think  of  a  removal,  and  she  now  resolved  to  reside  at  leait  for 
the  time  he  had  meniioncd  in  the  convent,  during  wliioh  she  supposed 
ber  uncertainties  rtlaiive  to  him  wouM  bo  over,  and  that,  it  it  was 
not  her  fate  to  be  hi;^,  she  should,  by  tlie  perfect  re-establishment  of 
her  health, )«  cnahleo  to  nse  her  abiUtit^  in  the  manner  her  situation 
required.  Tears  of  heartfelt  gralitade  and  aensibility  flowed  down  1 
bercbeefcs  for  him  who  iiad  ligiitened  lier  mind  of  the  care  which  had 
Ml  oppressed  it. 

She  St  length  recollected  the  prioress  bad  retired  into  the  gai'ilcti 
from  eoinplusance  to  her,  and  yet  continued  in  it,  waiting,  no  doubt, 
to  be  Bummoned  hack  by  her.    Bhe  hastily  wiped  awny  ber  tears,  anil    I 
folding  up  the  preoioas  letter,  which  was  t>eden'ed  with  tlioni.  ] 
reyiaired  to  the  (ardon,  resolving  not  to  commnnicalo  its  conteutK,  as  | 


t  D  KE 


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die  diviilKcment  of  expecUitiutia  (cuuaitleriDg  how  liiLbld  ivll  Luiiiau 
wiiea  are  to  be  disappointed)  abe  ever  wmsidered  a  picre  of  foil)-. 

Slie  found  Llie  priori.«3  and  sister  Uary  seated  nnder  a  brokun  and 
ivj-covered  arub.  "  Jeau  I  my  dear,"  Boiil  the  latter, "  I  Ihoiiglit  Juu 
wirnld  never  come  to  us.  Onr  good  niolher  bas  been  lit«pirig  m.'- 
Iiere  in  spite  of  my  t«eth,  tbough  I  told  lier  tlie  Eweet  vakat  I  iimdo 
fur  lea  would  bo  burned  by  this  time,  aud  tLnt,  supposing  jou  were 
reading  a  lettur  from  Lord  Mortimer,  there  could  be  no  liiinii  in  ni^ 
seeing  you.''  Atnaada  relieved  the  impalteut  Mary,  aud  she  <«ok  her 
Bfcat, — The  prioress  cast  her  pierdug  eyea  wpou  her.  She  jier'jeived 
she  had  been  weeping,  and  that  joy,  rather  than  sorrow  canned  tier 
tears.  She  was  too  delicate  to  inqnire  into  its  source,  but  she  took 
Aninndfl's  hand,  and  gave  it  a  pressure,  which  seemed  to  sny.  "I  see. 
my  dear  child,  you  have  met  with  sometliing  which  pleases  you,  and 
my  heart  sympathizes  as  mach  in  your  happiness  ob  iu  your  grief." 

Amanda  retnrned  tlje  aSVctionate  pressure  with  one  equally  tender, 
and  a  starting  tear.  Tliey  were  soon  called  by  siiiter  Mary  to  partake 
i>r  the  hot  cokes,  which  she  had  made  indeed  in  hopes  of  templjng 
Ainanda  to  cat  bSUt  her  bad  diimer;  the  whole  commnuity  were 
Hsseijibled  at  tea,  when  the  doctor  entered  the  parlour.  Amanda  . 
blushed  and  looked  grave  at  hia  first  entrance;  but  he  soon  rallied 
her  out  of  her  gravity,  aud  when  the  prioress  and  the  nnns,  yconling 
to  custom,  had  withdrawn  to  evening  vespers,  he  said,  with  a  signifi- 
cant smile,  "  he  feared  she  had  not  attended  as  much  as  he  wished 
*he  should  to  the  contents  of  the  book  he  had  hut  brongli^  her." 
She  saw  by  his  manner  he  was  acqutdnted  with  her  siiuation  rehitiTe 
to  Lord  Mortimer,  and  tlierefore  repliud  by  saying,  "  that  perhnpn,  if 
he  knew  the  motives  which  influenced  her  conduct,  he  would  not 
tliiiik  her  wrong  in  disregarding  wtiat  he  had  just  meiitiuned." — Sba 
also  said  "she  detested  all  kinds  of  etratagems,  and  was  realty 
displeased  with  hitn  for  practising  one  upon  her."  i 

"In  a  good  cause,"  he  smd,  "he  should  never  hesitate  using  one. 
Lord  Mortimer  was  the  finest  yoang  fellow  be  bad  ever  seen,  and  hail 
wi)n  his  favour  and  the  bast  wishes  of  his  heart,  from  the  first  moment 
that  he  beheld  hini.  He  made  wie  contrive,"  continued  the  doctor, 
*'  a  story  to  gain  admission  to  your  ladyship,  and  when  I  fuand  him 
■o  dreadfully  anxious  about  yon,  I  gave  yon  credit  (as  I  had  then  nu 
opportunity  of  judging  for  myself )  for  all  ltiet\'rt,"w*  a'Av;'''*"*'^* 


tK 


ascribed  In  jon,  and  which  I  have  since  perceiveil  j-oit  to  jxnuw^ 
Ton  tmilo,  nad  locik  as  if  you  called  me  a  flatlerer ;  aerjuiisly  1  assnre 
jou  I  am  not  one :  I  really  thiol!  you  worthy  of  L<ird  Mortimer,  and, 
]  vsnre  yon,  that  h  as  great  a  compliment  as  could  be  paid  to  utj 
womun.  Tlii  mind  was  troubled  with  grief;  he  reveidcd  his  ironblei 
and  perplexities  to  me,  and,  after  heuring  tlieni,  uo  good  christian 
jTer  prayed  more  devoutly  for  another,  than  1  prayed  for  yonr 
rec'very,  that  all  juur  Borrows,  like  a  novel,  migbt  terminate  In 
iuarriage." 

"  You  are  ohllging  in  yottr  wishes,"  said  Amanda,  smiling. 

'Faith,  I  ara  sincere  in  them,"  exclaimed  be,  "and  do  not  knuw 
■rhen  I  have  been  so  disconcerted  at  things  not  turning  out  sinootblv 
between  you  and  liis  lurd^bip ;  hut  1  will  not  despair:  in  all  my  own 
troubles,  and  Heaven  has  glTen  me  my  share,  I  ever  looked  to  the 
bright  side  of  things,  and  shall  always  do  so  for  my  friends.  I  yet 
Aspect  *«  see  yuu  settled  at  Castle  Carberry,  and  to  be  appointed 
myself  physician-general  to  yonr  ladyship's  bonsehold.''  Tlie  mentioD 
of  ^n  event,  yet  so  uncertain,  greatly  agitated  Aii^anda;  she  blushed 
Bid  fumed  pale  nllemately,  and  convinced  her  (iiood-nntnrei],  but 
loquacious  friend,  he  bad  touched  a  chord  which  could  not  hear  vibra- 
tion. Ee  hastily  changed  the  discourse,  and,  aa  soon  as  he  saw  bet 
composed,  rose  to  take  bis  leave.  Amanda  detained  him  for  a  minute, 
to  try  an^  prevail  on  him  to  take  a  ten-^inea  note;  but  he  wu 
Inflexible,  and  said  with  some  archness,  "till  ihe  disorder  which 
preyed  upon  I,ord  Mortimer's  heart  was  in  some  decree  alleviated,  he 
'WOUid  receive  no  recompense  for  his  visit«,  wliich  be  as.<:nred  Amanda, 
fnm  time  'o  time,  be  should  continue  to  pay  her;  adding,  a  certun 
,  erson  had  enjoined  him  now  and  then  to  take  a  peep  within  the  hulj 
walls  oi8t.  Catharine." 

The  next  morning  Amanda  set  about  a  temporary  arrangement  of 
^er  affltirs.  Sbe  (iresentcd  thirty  guineas  to  tlie  sisterhood,  whioli, 
witli  much  difHcnlty,  alie  forced  them  to  acnept,  thongh,  in  reality,  it 
wu  muish  reqnired  by  them ;  bnt  when  she  came  to  speak  of  paying 
hr  a  contionance,  they  positively  declared  ibey  wonld  agree  to  do 
•Qoh  thing;  as  she  had  already  so  liberally  rewarded  them  for  any 
aspease  tbey  might  have  incurred  od  lier  accoimt.  She  told  them, 
~  ,t  if  they  would  not  agree  to  be  pcud  for  lodging  and  board,  ah* 
wvnld  certainly  leave  them,  lliongh  *xuh  a  M«p  was  Mintrnry  tahti 


•ndjuation ;  elie  osBureil  them  siso,  aha  was  at  presi^iit  well  nlile  to 

pBJ. 

At  last  it  was  settled  glio  should  give  them  at  tlig  rule  of  forty 
poonds  a  jear — a  salary  they  thought  estreinely  aiiii»If,  ciiDsidering 
tlie  plain  manDer  in  -which  they  lived.  She  then  iioil  all  the  tliingi 
which  helonged  to  her  father  and  herself  brought  to  tlie  conveut,  and 
bad  the  former,  with  whatevershe  did  not  immediatt'ly  want,na!lodup 
in  a  large  chest,  that  on  a  short  notice  they  might  be  roiuoved.  Her 
harp  and  piilar  she  had  in  her  distress  projiosed  sending  back  to  tha 
person  inDnblinfrora  whom  tliey  were  pnreliased,  to  sell  for  her;  bat 
Bhe  now  determined  to  keep  these  presents  ofher  iicloveJ  father,  exoept 
again  nrged  by  neoeasity  to  part  with  thern.  She  bad  a  variety  of 
materiala  for  piling  and  working,  and  pmpoeed  emjiloying  herself 
In  eiecnting  pieces  in  each  way,  not  only  as  a  means  of  amusing  ber 
time,  bnt  as  a  resonroe  on  an  evil  day :  thus  wisely  making  nse  of  the 
present  gonahine,  lest  another  storm  should  arise,  wliich  she  sboiilj 
not  be  M>  well  able  to  straggle  against. 


OHAPTEH    XXXVil. 


Thb  turbnlence  of  grief,  and  the  agitation  of  flnsjiensc,  gradually 
lessened  in  the  mind  of  Am&nda,  and  were  sacceeded  by  a  soft  and 
pleasing  melancholy,  which  sprang  from  tlie  roust iotisneas  of  having 
always  to  the  best  of  Iicr  abilities,  [icrfoniied  the  duties  imposed 
upon  ber,  ant!  snfjportcd  ber  miaforttmcs  with  jilai'id  resignation. 
She  loved  t«  th(nk  of  her  father,  for  amidat  ber  sighs  for  bis  loss, 
were  mingled  tbe  delightful  ideas  of  having  ever  been  a  sonrco  of 
comfort  to  bim,  and  she  believed,  if  departed  spirits  were  allowed  to 
review  this  world,  his  wonld  look  down  npon  her  with  delight  and 
approbation,  at  beholding  ber  nndeviating  in  the  path  he  marked  ont 
for  her  to  take;  the  calm  derived  from  mth  rneditationa  she  consid- 
I,  CKd  «■  a  recompeDse  f^  raanv  norrowi;  it  ^as  vni^,  \w^\k«!^  i> 


DoUiiug  eartb'y  ^vea,  or  can  destroj,  and  what  tlie  good  iniist  ttnx 
eipericnca,  'IiongL  ^'viiiiUt  the  wreck  of  umtUr  and  tlie  orusli  of 
wt>;!ds." 

(4)ie  tried  to  prevent  liet  thciglits  from  ntunlecing  to  Lord  Murtimer, 
•IS  die  surest  meana  5f  TetAiniiig  'jer  conipLBiiro,  wliiuU  Utd  wlieuevef 
aIib  rcdected  iu  the  doub^ul  balance  in  ivhi(;L  Ler  fate  jel  hung  cun- 
<«rniiig  him. 

Thu  solitude  of  St.  Gathaiine's  was  well  adapted  to  her  present 
fiituution  nod  frame  )'  tniaJ.  She  was  neither  teazed  wilh  iinperti- 
iient  or  inmeanin^  icremojy,  but,  perfucl  mistress  of  her  own  tune 
and  actions,  veeti,  worked,  and  walked,  an  most  agreeable  to  liendf. 
litie  did  ^ut  eitend  her  walks  bejoud  the  convenl,  as  tlie  scenea 
arouiid  .t  would  awaken  remeiubniacea  she  Lad  not  sufficient  forti- 
tude to  bear;  but  the  space  it  covered  was  ample  enough  to  aSbrd 
her  many  dilTerent  aud  eitecHive  ramblus;  and  of  a  slitl  evening, 
^'Iteu  notliiug  but  the  lowing  of  the  cattle,  or  tlie  bnziing  of  the  sum- 
iiier-ilie'j,  w^  to  he  heard,  she  loved  to  waoder  through  the  sulenin 
and   romantic  ruius,  aometimee  accompanied  bj  a  nun,  but  much 


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li«  Bore,  tt.«  rery  first  tliiog  I  hmxi  ivrs  of  the  pcM^r  mptniu'R  daath. 
Don't  cry,  mj  dear,  we  must  all  gn  uiie  time  or  aniiilier;  thine  an 
things  of  course,  u  the  doctor  soys  in  his  semioii ;  so  when  1  heani 
ot  yiiiir  tuiher'e  death  and  yoar  distrae?,  I  began  to  caet  nbout  in  my 
hroin  Huiiie  plnn  for  helping  yon,  and  at  Ills'!  1  hit  upon  one,  whinh, 
snjH  I  to  the  giria,  will  delight  the  pour  bduI,  as  it  will  give  her  an 
«[)|n)rtmiiiy  ol'  eai-ning  decent  bread  for  herself.  You  must  know, 
[iiy  dear,  the  tutoresa  we  brunght  to  town  would  not  come  back 
witu  na — a  dirty  trollop,  by  the  bye,  and  1  think  Ler  {ilacfi  would  be 
quite  the  thing  tor  you.  You  will  have  the  four  young  girls  Xa  learn 
French,  and  work  to,  and  I  will  eipect  you,  oa  you  have  a  good  taste, 
to  assist  the  Meat  Uiss  Eilcorbana  in  making  up  their  things  and 
dressing. — I  f(ive  twenty  guineaa  a  year.  When  we  have  no  oom- 
piiiiy,  the  tutoress  always  eits  at  the  table,  aud  gets,  besides  tliis,  tha 
boat  of  treatment  in  every  respect," 

A  hluiih  of  indignation  had  gradnnlly  conquered  Amanda's  pale- 
ness, during  Mrs.  Eilcorhan'a  hiag  and  eloquent  speech — "  Tour 
inCentivna  may  be  Irieadly,  madau,"  cried  she,  "  bat  I  must  declino 
your  proposal." 

"  Ble..j  me,  and  why  must  you  decline  it  I  Perhaps  you  think  yonr- 
Bolf  not  qualified  to  instruct:  indeed  this  may  be  the  case,  for  people 
often  ge'b  credit  for  acoomplishmenls  ihey  did  not  possess.  Well,  if 
this  is  so  I  am  still  coolant  ti  take  you,  as  yoa  were  always  a  dec«nl 
bvhaved  young  body.  lnde«<d  you  cannot  expect  I  should  give  yoa 
twenty  guineas  a  year:  no,  act,  1  must  make  some  abatement  in  tlie 
salary ;  it  I  am  forced  to  get  master"  to  help  in  learning  the  girla." 
"MUs  Fivtalan,  madam,"  excUtiiiieil  tlie  prioreis,  who  had  hitherto 
continued  silent,  "never  got  credit  fur  accomplishments  which  she 
did  not  poiiesa ;  her  modesty  baa  rather  obscured  than  bluzonod  forth 
her  perfections;  she  does  not,  llierefure,  madani,  decline  your  otfer 
frura  a  consciousness  of  inability  to  undertake  the  office  of  instructor. 
but  from  a  conviction  she  never  could  support  impertinence  and 
foily;  should  her  situation  ever  require  her  to  exert  her  talents  for 
subsistence,  I  trust  she  will  never  experience  the  mortification  of 
associating  wil'i  those  who  are  luseo.'tible  of  her  worth,  or  unwillinfi 
to  pay  her  the  respect  she  merits." 

"Hoitj  toity,"  cried  Mrs.  Eilcorban,  "wliat  aaanrancel  Wliy, 
inadftTn,  many  a  betiv  man's  oLild  would  be  glad  to  ^uuiv  li.  '«'a.<^V  la^ 


I 

I 


I 


373  cHiLDRKS    (J  IT    iiiK    AHcar. 

"  HeRT  rasiJiiTii,"  Kail!  Miss  Kilwirban,  "  purliaps  the  yoQng  ladj  hu 
K  bettor  settlement  m  rien*.     We  IbrgcC  Lord  Mortimer  bas  beon  lat«ly 
ftt  Cautlo  Cnrberrj-,  aiid  we  all  know  his  lunUliip  h  a  frieni]  to  Oaptain 
Fitailan's  daughter. ' 
I     "  Or,  perhaps,"  orieil  Misa  Alicia,  in  a  giggling  tone,  "  she  mesns  to 

"Indeed,  I  Enppose  she  ineons  to  be  nothlni;  good,"  rejoined  Hre. 
Kilcorban,  "and  I  suppose  it  waa  bj  some  impertiDence  or  other  aha 
hod  B  tiff  with  Lady  Greystock.  Lord  I  (looking  ronnd  llie  nwm) 
only  see  her  music  books — her  harp — her  guitar — as  if  slio  had  noth- 
ing to  do  but  sing  and  Uimm  away  the  whole  day.  Well,  miss," 
rising  from  her  chair,  "joo  may  y el  be  sorry  your  friend  Bald  bo 
DiQch  about  you.  I  did  not  come  merely  to  offer  to  take  you  into  my 
honsc,  but  to  offer  yon  also  a  good  eum  for  your  barp  and  gaitar, 
supposing  yon  bad  no  business  with  such  things  now-a  days;  but  1 
dare  soy  you  would  have  refused  this  offer." 

"I  rortninly  should,  ma:Iaii],"  said  Amanda;  "it  must  be  strong 
necessity,  which  compels  ma  lo  part  with  my  beloved  father's  pro- 

"Well,  well,  child,  I  wish  lliis  pride  of  thine  may  not  yet  b« 
bumbled,"  Bo  saying  she  fiounced  out  of  the  room,  followed  by  her 
daughters,  who,  ander  an  affectation  of  contempt,  evidently  showed 
tliey  were  chagrined  by  the  recep'.ion  they  had  met. 

The  prioress  indulged  herself  in  a  lotig  fit  of  laughter,  at  th* 
pas&ion  in  which  she  had  tlirowo  Krs.  Stlcorban ;  and  Amanda,  who 
considered  the  lady  and  her  daugliters  as  the  most  insignificant  of 
.  beings,  Eooa  recovered  from  Uie  discomposure  their  visits  had 

In  the  course  of  the  eveiiirg  a  l^'.ter  was  delivered  her  hy  tlio 

u  T^nt,   who   said   the   m'wsengB."   who  brought  it  waited  for  an 

Amanda,  in  »  nniversal  trepidation,  broke  the  seal;  but, 

Instead  of  I^o.d  Mortimer's,  as  she  expected,  a  hand,  to  hor  entirely 

struck  lier  ciew. 


[■KKATCRE. 

"1  think  I  WHS  never  so  diverted  in  my  life  as 
loy  iiiolliLT  and  nistors  gave  of  the  reception  tliey 


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I 

^m  CHILDREM      or      TRR      ABDET 

H  <4>vilisli  fine  girl  as  you  are,  would  sacrifice  ytmi  time  io  iiistracting 
^^  A  parcel  i>r  cliita,  when  it  can  be  devoted  to  ao  much  better  purpose. 
^^  To  be  brief,  my  dear  girl,  I  will  taite  yon  immedrately  under  my  pro- 
teotion:  if  not  yonr  own  fault,  bring  jou  to  Dublin,  settle  jou  in 
elegaut  lodgings,  with  a  handsome  allowance,  and  not  only  make  yon, 
but  declare  you,  to  be  the  grand  snltana  of  my  affections,  a  sitnation 
which,  I  can  assure  yon,  yon  will  not  be  a  little  envied  enjoying.  In 
your  anawer  Io  this,  I  shall  eipect  to  hear  when  I  may  have  the  feli- 
city of  bringing  you  out  of  oteeurity,  to  the  brilliant  scene  you  were 
formed  to  ornament.    Adieu  my  dear. 

"  Believe  me  yonr  devoted, 

"  B.   XlLOOBSAK." 

The  indignation  which  filled  Amanda's  breast,  at  reading  this  scroll, 
cannot  be  eipressed.  Her  blood  seemed  to  boil  in  her  veins;  it  was 
some  time  ere  she  conld  sufficiently  compose  herself  to  acquaint  the 
prioress  with  the  cause  of  her  agitation  ;  it  was  then  agreed  that  the 
letter  iibould  bo  retnrued,  with  the  following  lines  written  on  it. 


"Thfiulhorsr  Ui 


d  iipperUatDi 


dltfa* 


That  a  repetition  of  this  tind  would  be  the  case  she  did  not  believo. 
From  Kilcorban,  she  had  no  rea»on  to  suspect  either  tlie  perseveroncs 
or  designs  of  Belgrave ;  one  was  a  libertine  from  principle,  and  the 
other  she  believed  from  fosliion,  and  that  to  pique  bis  pride  would  be 
ft  sore  method  of  getting  rid  of  him. 

But  the  calm  she  had  for  some  time  experienced  was  destined  to  bo 
interrnpted.  The  neit  morning  brooght  fatlier  O'Gallaghan,  the  little 
fat  priest  (of  whom  we  have  made  mention  before  in  oor  pages)  to 
the  convent,  he  was  not  the  officiating  priest,  but  notwithstanding 
this  paid  many  visits  to  the  sisterhood,  with  whom  he  whs  a  great 
fcvourite ;  he  had  been  ranch  concerned  al)oot  Amanda's  illness.  She 
was  sitting  alone  in  the  parlour,  drawing,  when  he  entered  it.  He 
'leated  himself  by  her,  and  the  expression  of  his  countenance  seemed 
'a  declare  his  heart  was  brimful  of  something  pleasant. 

"  You  won't  be  offended  now,  my  dear  aowl,"  said  be,  smirliing  np 
in  her  face,  "with  a  body  for  asking  you  how  you  would  like  U-  'eave 
this  dismal  Bolitude,  and  have  a  comfortable  home  of  your  I'Wj, 
where  JOU  might  see  your  own  friends,  and  have  evory  thing  vnrra 
and  Bosy  about  you." 


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THE     ABBST. 


I  nut  coHHider  this  ftdiamal  aoli- 
oUjectiori  to  a  pleasant  settled 


"  Why,"  Mid  Amanda, "  though  I 
tnde,  yet,  to  be  Mte,  I  sbauld  bave  i 
liabliaiion." 

"  Ay,  I  always  thought  yoa  a  sen^ibla  yoang  body.  Well,  Mai 
what  would  you  say  to  tlie  persoQ  tbt^n  who  coulU  point  ont  snoh  ■ 
habitation ;  ay,  you  little  rogue,  wlin  raudd  tsaj  they  had  just  anch  B 
one  in  their  eye  for  you  1" 

Amanda  stared  at  him  with  ostoniehmeDt.  She  had  at  first  b«ltflTed 
liim  jestiiiR,  but  now  found  him  serious. 

"  Ay,  faith,  my  dear  rreatore,"  cried  ho,  continuing  hia  diBoonnc^ 
n'ith  a  look  of  the  most  {lerfect  saiisiuction,  "  I  liave  an  offer  to  maka 
yon,  whicli  1  iieliere  would  make  many  girls  jump  out  of  tlieir  lAioa 
witli  juy  t»>  benv." 

"  Yt  n  remember  the  O'ETonaglisns,  1  am  sure  where  yon  look  te« 
last  Bt-'umur.  Well,  the  oldrat  of  the  sons  (as  honest  n  Ind  as  ever 
bruke  bread)  cost  a  aheep's  «yo  upon  you  thon;  but  what  witL  yoiut 
going  trim  the  conntry,  and  some  oll)er  matters,  he  thought  titer* 
wn3  no  use  tlicn  in  revealing  his  tlntno ;  but  now,  when  you  are  ctmxo 
p  In  his  way  again,  faith  lie  pln«ked  up  hia  courage,  and  t<ilil  hia 


OUILDREK      0  1       THZ      ABBET,  37S 

numner  site  wit'lied;  she  therarure  stoppett  and  turuiiig  to  hlra  said, 
''  He  could  QuL  wonder  at  her  beiiig  olfeiidcHl  at  his  preteudiiig  to 
answur  BO  (tveiy  for  her,  in  nmttcra  so  important  as  religiun ;  but  to 
prove  how  preuumptuoiu  he  was  ia  every  thing  he  said  about  lier,  sjie 
must  assure  hiiii,  hia  embassy  to  lier  wa«  eqnally  fruitltss  and  di»- 
Kgreeable :  and  that  if  Ur.  O'Flanagli&a  conauited  his  owa  happineas, 
br  would  seelt  to  unite  Liuiaelf  with  a  woman  brouglit  up  iu  his  own 
sphere  of  life."  So  saying,  she  quitted  the  room,  with  a  iook  of 
dignity,  which  quite  coufuunded  the  poor  pricat,  nho  enaldied  np 
b)B  hat  in  a  great  hurry,  and  waddlod  away  to  the  farm,  to  oommnni 
eate  the  ill  succeaa  of  faie  vibit,  which  had  quite  (^niehed  his  ezpeciA- 
tiona  of  wedding  presents,  and  pudding  feasts,  which  he  had  oonlem- 
plal«d  in  idea  with  delight. 

It  was  Bome  time  ere  Amanda  recovered  &ora  Uie  discomposurs 
Into  which  the  impertinence  of  the  Kiicorbans  and  the  priest  bad 
thrown  her.  From  what  slie  suffered  in  consequence  of  it,  she  wu 
fbrcihly  convinced  how  ill  qualified  she  was  to  etrn|;gle  with  a  world 
where  she  would  be  continually  liable  to  such  shocks:  she  had  yet  a 
hope  of  escaping  them — a  hope  of  being  guarded  by  the  tutelary  ean 
of  Lord  Mortimer  and  of  being  one  of  the  happiest  of  her  aez. 


CHAPTER  XXrVill. 

WILh  Jui^u]  IldlDgi— WE  ibKU  ]>ul  no  more. 

But  a  shock  more  severe  thnn  those  she  had  lately  experienced 
was  yet  in  store  for  our  hapless  heroine.  About  a  fortnight  after  tho 
Tisit  of  tlie  Kilcorbans  and  the  priest,  as  she  waa  rambbng  >>ne  eTnr- 
ing,  acconling  to  oustou,  amongst  the  solitary  ruing  of  St.  (Jai  barmo'ei, 
bdulging  the  pensive  meditations  of  her  soul,  the  figore  of  a  maa 
•nddenly  darted  from  under  a  .broken  arch,  and  discovered  to  he? 
Tiew  the  featnres  of  the  hated  Betgrave.  Amanda  pave  a  faint  cry, 
[  luid  in  Ttnntterafale  diamay  tottered  back  a  few  paces  against  a  wall. 
KCntel  Amanda,"  nolainied  Belgrave,  while  hi*  loik  seamcl  ta 


imply  he  would  take  advantage  of  Ijer  eiluation ;  his  look,  liis  volet 
operated  like  h  charm  to  ronae  her  friirn  the  kind  of  stupefaction  into 
vhicli  she  had  fallen  at  first  sight  of  him,  and,  ta  he  atlemjited  to  laj 
bold  of  her,  she  spraug  past  hini,  and,  Avith  a  au'iftness  whit'h  mockad 
bia  speed,  flew  tJirough  tiie  intiicftte  windings  of  the  place  till  sbe 
re&cbed  the  convent.  Her  pale  and  distracted  look,  us  she  rushed 
into  the  prioress'  apartment,  terrified  the  good  old  ladj,  who  hastily 
iiiterrognted  her  as  to  Uie  canae  of  her  disorder;  bnt  Amanda  waa 
unahlo  to  epeak.  The  appearaoco  of  Belgrave  she  thought  an  omen 
of  every  ill  to  her.  Her  blood  ran  cold  through  her  veins  at  his 
eljht,  and  terror  totally  subdued  her  powers.  The  prioress  snm- 
moned  sister  Mary  lo  her  relief;  drops  and  water  were  administered, 
and  the  overloaded  heart  of  the  trembling  Amanda  was  relieved  Uy 
tears.  The  prioress  again  asked  the  cniise  of  her  agitation ;  but,  per- 
ceiving Amanda  did  not  like  to  speak  before  sister  Mary,  she  lmm»> 
diately  pretended  to  think  it  proceeded  iVom  fatigue;  and  Uary,  who 
was  simplicity  itself,  readily  credited  the  idea.  The  prioress  ioon 
sent  her  upon  some  pretext  from  the  room,  and  then  in  the  gentlest 
t«rtns,  begged  to  know  what  had  bo  pmelly  alarmed  her  young  friend. 
Amanda  bad  already  confided  to  the  prioress  the  events  of  her  life,  so 
that  the  good  lady,  on  hearing  Belgrave  now  mentioned,  no  lunger 
wondered  at  the  agitation  of  Amanda;  yet,  as  her  fears,  she  saw, 
were  too  powerful  for  her  reason,  she  endeavoured  to  convince  her 
they  were  QDueceeEary.  She  called  to  her  remembrance  the  singular 
protection  she  had  already  eiperienoed  from  Heaven,  and  the  proleo- 
tion  which,  whilst  she  was  innocent,  she  would  still  have  a  right  to 
expect.  She  also  mentioned  the  security  of  her  present  eiiuatioti, 
encompassed  by  friends  whose  integrity  could  cot  bo  warped,  and 
whose  ntmoBt  zeal  would  be  mauifeeled  in  defeating  any  stratagems 
which  might  he  laid  against  her. 

Amanda  grew  composed  as  slie  listened  U>  the  prioress;  she  wm 
cheered  by  t'e  voice  of  piety  and  friendship,  and  her  heart  again  felt 
f^rm  and  elevated.  She  acJinowIedged  that,  after  the  singular,  nay, 
almost  mtracutona  interposiljona  of  Providence  she  had  experienced 
in  her  favoar,  to  give  way  to  terror  or  despair  was  sinfnl,  since  it 
•'flowed  a  distrust  of  tlie  Power,  who  has  promised,  with  gnardisr 
oirB,  to  wnleh  the  footsteps  of  the  innocent. 

It  was,  however,  ngreed   that  Amanda  should   venture  no  mirs 


from  iho  LVDVenl,  but  ounilue  her  rambles  to  the  garden,  wliioh  v/u 
enclosed  with  a  high  wall,  and  had  no  plaoea  of  concealment,  Fiva 
weoki  jut  remaioed  of  the  period  Lord  Uortimer  hod  rciuested  lier 
to  stay  at  St.  Catharine's;  before  it  waa  expired,  she  trusted  and 
odieved  Belgrave  would  be  weAry  of  wntoliing  her,  and  wuold 
Ocuatiip;  if  then  she  neither  saw  nor  heard  li'ura  Lord  Mortimer,  she 
resolved  to  relinqulah  all  hope  concerning  biu,  and  iiuinediutel; 
think  Dpon  som«  plan,  whioh  would  put  her  Id  a  naj  of  priwuring 
kubeisteucQ. 

Her  paintings  and  embroiderj  still  went  ou;  she  had  eiecnteil 
some  elegant  pictures  in  both,  whicb,  if  obliged  to  dispose  ot,  she  ■am 
Bare  would  fetch  a  good  price;  jet,  whenever  coQipelleu  hy  reflectioa 
to  Uiis  idea,  the  tear  of  tender  melancholy  would  fall  ujion  her  lovelj 
cheek,  a  tear  whicli  was  ever  luutlily  wiped  away,  while  she  endea- 
voured to  fortify  her  mind  with  pious  reaignatiuu  to  wIiateTer  iihould 
be  her  fiiture  fate. 

Three  weeks  more  elapsed  without  any  event  to  dipi-ompose  Uieir 
tranquillity;  but  as  the  teniiinatiunof  lliedestiaed  [leriod  '^iproaclied, 
the  agitation  of  Amanda,  in  spite  of  all  her  ellijrts  to  the  contrary, 
increased;  she  deemed  the  awl'ul  crisis  of  her  fate  at  hard,  and  she 
treiubled  at  the  retleotion. 

Bhe  now,  for  the  first  time,  avoided  solitade;  she  wa''ted  to  6j 
from  herself^  aod  sat  constantly  with  the  prioress,  who  hrd  notlilug 
_  nf  Ilie  gloomy  recluse,  save  the  habit,  about  her. 

I  They  were  chatting  logetlier  one  evening  ofler  tea,  when  sister 
lUry  entered  the  room,  bearing  a  lai'ge  iMicket,  which  she  rather 
loeaed  than  presented  to  Aiuauda,  exclaiming,  'Trom  Lord  Morti- 
mer. I  wish  the  truublesome  fellow  hod  not  come  back  otfS'u;  here 
we  shall  bai-e  him  frisking  or  storming  ountinually,  and  agai:i  plagu- 
iug  ns  out  of  our  lives." 

"From  Lord  Mor:imer!"  exclaimed  Amanda,  starting  fn 'u  her 
chair,  and  clasping  the  letter  between  lier  hands;  "Ulil  gracious 
heaven']"  She  saiil  no  more,  but  flew  (rum  the  room  to  hi>r  cham- 
ber. She  tore  open  the  seal;  the  envelope  contained  two  h'ters; 
the  firat  was  directed  in  a  hand  unkuown  to  her ;  iier  heart  sii-kerieil 
sj  slje  dropped  it  OD  the  ground ;  the  other  was  tlie  «ui<isr:n;ri|  linn  of 
I.onl  Mortimer.    She  opened  it  with  revived  spirits,  and  tiad  lu 

fiJillW*- 


i 


"I  Bin  retnmed,  retamed  to  toll  my  Aiiinnda  that  nothing  bnt  tl 
awful  fiat  of  Uettven  Bliall   purt  ua  more.     Yes,  my  love,  a  aweet 
reward  for  all  our  difficulties,  our  trials,  let  nio  add,  our  peraeTerinj 
cuTiAtaucy  is  at  hand,  and  one  name,  one  interetit,  one  tatc,  I  Irns^ 
will  aoon  be  ours," 

TeftTS  of  joy  gushed  from  Amanda  aa  she  exclaimed,  "  Can  tbis — ■ 
can  tliU  be  true)  la  I^ord  Mortimer,  eo  long,  so  hopelessly  beloved, 
indeed  returned  to  toll  me  w<\  shall  part  no  morel  'Tis  trne,  ti» 
trne,  and  never  con  tny  grateful  heart  BufEciently  ausnowledge  Um 
goodnesB  it  eiperiencea;  but  how  was  tJiis  event  brought  aboatt" 
Bhe  wiped  away  her  tears,  and  resumed  tlie  letter. 

"  Your  solemn  refusal  to  unite  yonrself  to  roe,  threw  me  mt«  d)(o- 
nie« ;  hut  true  love,  like  true  courage  will  never  despair,  will  nerar 

iield  to  difficulties,  without  first  trjmg  every  ellbrt  to  conquer  them  I 
soon,  therefore,  roused  myself  from  the  heavv  weight  wbitJi 
oppressed  my  spirits  at  jour  resolution,  and  ere  long  oonoeived  a  pro- 
ject so  feasible,  so  almost  certain  of  success,  that  my  jrapatieiice  to 
realize  it  cannot  be  described ;  yet  you  luay  oonueive  some  idea  of  it 
from  tliB  abrupt  manner  in  which  I  quitted  Castle  Carberry,  withoot 
dediring  to  hid  you  adieu ;  but,  ere  it  conld  bo  accomplish ed,  1  plaint; 
saw  I  bad  many  difliculties  to  encounter;  difficulties  which  it  wu 
absolutely  eesentiol  \o  overcome,  that  1  might  prove  to  tlie  world  1 
was  not  the  dupe  of  love,  bat  the  friend,  the  lover,  and  the  Tindic»- 
tor  of  real  itmoccnce  and  virtne.  From  what  I  have  said,  yon  may 
suppose  the  difficulties  I  allude  to  were  such  as  I  exi>ected  to 
enconnter  iu  my  attempt  to  unravel  the  whole  of  the  deep  and  exe- 
crable plot  which  inrolved  you  iu  a  situation  so  distressing  to  your 
foelin|;s,  and  injurious  to  your  characterl  and,  ohi  with  what 
mingled  pride  and  pleasure  did  I  meditate  on  being  your  champion, 
clearing  your  fame  fVom  each  dark  aspersion,  and  proving,  clearly 
proving,  tiint  your  mind  was  m  lovely,  as  angelic,  as  your  personl 

"  I  was  hajipy,  on  my  arrival  in  London,  to  find  Lady  Martha  Dop- 
mor  slill  at  Lord  Oherbury's  house.  I  have  already  told  you  that  I 
left  town  on  pretence  of  visiting  my  sister  in  Wales.  My  ftther,  I 
BOOD  perceived,  suspected  that  had  not  been  the  real  moUve  of  1117 
departure :  b'tt  I  soon  perceived  he  did  not  desire  to  reveal  his  siu- 
picions,  as  he  asked  me  some  qneslions  concerning  Ijidy  A.aminlo, 
which,  yon  may  be  sure,  1  answered  uwkwni'dly  enough,  and  had  n 
comic  writer  been  present,  he  might  have  taken  the  hint  of  a  goml 
blundering  scene  &um  us  both. 

"The  Marijuis  of  Rostino  and  bis  family,  I  learned,  continued  at 
Itis  villa.  I'lieir  absence  from  town  rejoiced  me,  as  it  not  noW 
tji'iiipted  1110  flora  society  I  abhorred,  but  as  it  gave  me  nn  oj'poF' 


tortty  of  int«rrc^ting  their  hoaselioH,  amongst  whom  [  was  pi,n- 
Tinccil  1  should  diauuver  the  trusty  Bgecits  thu  nmiiLble  uiarcliiDne^a 
hsd  mode  use  of  in  her  acheine  ujjainst  you,  Tbu  iiiDniiii^  Mler  in; 
arrival,  I  accordingly  set  off  to  Porlman  Sinare.  TIkj  tiian  w.o 
ofiened  the  door  kiitiw  me  not,  whiab  1  conaidered  a  luoky  cirouin- 
staiioe,  for,  not  being  able  to  mention  my  name  to  tlie  huuM-keeper. 
whom  I  desired  him  to  send  ma,  she  was  not  so  mucli  on  her  guati 
aa  sliu  would  otherwise  have  been.  She  started  oil  she  entered  the 
parlour,  and  lifted  np  Iter  bands  and  eyes  with  unfeigned  Bstuuiah- 
tueiit.  Soon,  however,  recovering  herselK  she  addressed  me  In  Iha 
most  obsequious  manner,  and  spoke  as  if  she  supiHttied  I  was  coino 
purposely  to  inquire  after  her  I*rd  and  Lady ;  an  artl'id  way  of  try- 
ing to  terminate  her  own  suspense  by  learning  the  uaiuro  of  my 
visiC.  I  Boun  gave  iier  to  uuderetand  it  Via»  not  of  tlie  moi>t  luu'oab  o 
kind  la  her:  1  came,  I  naid,  to  demand  either  Ihe  letter,  or  an 
aucoiint  of  the  letter  which  I  had  entrusted  to  her  caru  fur  Hisa 
Fitzalan,  which  contained  a  note  of  large  value,  and  which  I 
found  had  never  been  received  by  that  young  lady.  Her  counte- 
nance In  a  moment  condemned  her:  it  spoke  stronger  than  athon< 
sand  tongues  against  her.  She  first  grew  deadly  pale,  then  fiorv  red, 
trembtud,  faltered,  and  hang  her  head  to  avoid  my  eyes.  Her  lookfi| 
1  told  her,  confirmed  the  suspicions  I  was  foi^^  to  entertnin  of  her 
integrity ;  yet,  shocking  as  the  action  was  whioh  ebe  had  ctiiumitted, 
being  not  only  a  breach  of  trust,  but  homanity,  I  wa»  willing  to 
come  U>  an  eaer  and  private  occoiumodatioo  shout  it,  provided  she 
would  truly  and  fiilly  confess  the  part  she  had  taken,  or  know  otliers 
to  have  taken.  In  injuring  Miss  Fit£alan,  while  she  resided  in  the 
marquis's  house,  by  bringing  Colonel  Belgrave  into  it.  I  paused  for 
Iter  rvply.  Slie  appeared  as  if  considering  bow  she  should  act.  1 
tluinghi  I  saw  something  yielding  in  her  fiu'e,  and  eager  tii  take 
advantage  of  it,  I  proceeded:  What  I  have  oli'eady  said,  1  am  going 
again  to  repeat;  that  is,  if  you  confess  all  you  know  relative  to  the 
plot  which  was  contrived  anil  e-arried  into  eiecniion  in  this  houM 
Hgainst  Miss  Fitzalaa,  I  will  settle  every  tiling  relative  to  the  letter 
Slid  its  oonlents,  in  a  manner  pleonng  to  yon.  Her  Innocence  is 
unquestioned  by  me;  bnt  it  is  essential  to  her  peace  that  it  should 
also  be  so  to  the  rest  of  her  friend*,  nnd  they  who  regard  her  -velfiin) 
will  liberally  reward  those  whose  allegations  shall  jnstity  her. 

"Upon  this  she  turned  to  me,  with  a  conntenanis:  of  the  utmost 
eTronteiy,  and  said  she  would  not  tell  a  lie  to  please  any  one.  I  will 
not  shock  yon  by  repeating  all  she  said.  She  ended  by  saying,  as  lo 
the  letter,  she  set  me  at  Usance;  true,  1  bad  given  her  one  for  Miss 
Fitzainn ;  but  I  might  remember  tCsa  Fitzalon  was  in  a  lit  on  the 
ground  at  the  time,  and  she  had  called  in  other  servants  to  her  assist- 
ance, she  said;  and  in  the  hurryand  bastle  which  ensued,  slie  knew 
nut  what  became  of  it;  others  might  as  well  be  called  U[)<)n  as  her, 
I  could  no  longer  oomninnd  niy  torojwr;  I  told  her  she  wan  a  wretch. 
And  only  fit  for  the  diabolical  nervice  in  which  phe  was  etnployeil, 
Tlie  note,  which  I  enclosijd  in  the  letter  I  had  {ivea  ivef  t«  i^.'s^' 


I 

I 


s  agant  in  tlie  cauntry ;  as  a  post  iwte  | 
lie  number  id  lay  p<icVet-bo(iK;  I  tliN*- 
t'oro  left  Purtman  Sc)niire  with  a  resolution  of  going  to  l^e  Uank,  and 
If  nitt  Hlreoily  received,  stopping  payinent;  I  si«ii|hii]  into  llie  flnt 
liauknei-conJi  I  met,  and  hod  tli«  satisraclion  of  tiiidiag  it  bad  not 
l>c<«n  offered  nt  the  Baiik.  I  Bug|fected  she  nonld  be  glitd  to  exoliaoaa 
it  for  cusii  oa  soon  aa  possible,  Bnd  tlierefore  left  mj  direction,  ra  wSH 
lu  requectt  for  tbe  detentina  of  any  person  who  slioiild  presetit  it. 

"In  oontieqneDce  of  this  a  olerk  caine  the  fuUowing  morning,  to 
inform  me  a  woman  haa  presented  tlie  note  at  tlie  Bank,  and  wa>, 
agreeablo  to  ut;  rotuest,  detained  till  I  appeared,  I  imniediatelj 
returned  with  liiin,  and  had  the  f>atisftiction  of  seeing  the  hoiuekMper 
caught  in  the  Hnare.  She  bnrst  Into  lean,  at  mv  appearance,  and 
coniinfc  up  to  me,  in  a  low  voice  said,  if  I  would  hare  mercy  upon 
her,  slie  wnald  in  return  make  a  full  cunfeasiou  of  all  she  knew  awnt 
tlio  attiiir  I  hull  iiietitiuned  tu  her  yoAterduy. 

"1  told  hor,  thiMigh  she  (le.ser^'eil  no  mercy,  jet,  an  I  had  promJMd 
on  encli  condition  to  ahiiw  her  ienitv,  I  would  not  violate  mj  word. 
I  received  the  note,  sent  for  a  aoacn,  and  handing  the  lady  into  i^ 
soon  conveyed  her  to  Pormian  Square.    She  no  sooner  entered  tha 

Cnrlour  than  she  fell  on  her  knc«i^  and  beeou);ht  mv  forgiveneas.  I 
id  IktH^,  ^iid  Ittse  no  time  in  revealing  all  she  knew  concerning 
the  aclieiiie  ajxain:,!  yon.  Slie  then  confessed,  tliat  both  she  and  llra> 
Jaou,  tlie  attendant  who  had  been  placed  about  yonr  perAon,  wer« 
ncqufunteil  ond  concerned  in  all  the  contrivances  the  marchioneea 
had  laid  njisinst  you,  who  scrupled  not  acknowledging  to  them  tha 
inveterate  hatred  she  bore  yon.  Their  scmples,  for  they  prel«aded 
to  have  .-«me  in  abetting  their  suiiemes.  were  over-rnled,  by  knowing 
how  mii^l.  it  was  In  lier  power  to  injure  them  In  any  fatare  estate 
liitlimeii,  had  they  diHobliged  her,  and  by  her  liberal  promisea  of 
reward,  vhlch  'Jie  housekeeper  atldeil  she  had  never  kept:  but  thit 
brief  and  iinoircumstantial  accnmit  was  by  no  means  astisfboionr  to 
me.  I  crtlltsd  for  iiiateriulii  f<ir  writing,  and  iiwiated  Bhe  ■Iioultl,  to 
the  bc^t  it  her  reviil lection,  relate  every  word  or  circumstance  which 
Itad  aver  panted  l<c>tween  lier  and  the  marchioness,  and  thair  other 
aasuoiate*,  relative  to  yon.  She  hesitated  at  tliis.  On  those  terma 
(inty,  I  mid,  I  would  gmiit  her  m;^  fi'reiveness,  and  by  her  complying 
Willi  thetik,  not  only  thnt,  hut  a  liiieral  recompense  should  ba  hers. 


vrave  was  brought  into  the  house  by  her  and  Mrs.  Jane,  how  tfaer 
had  stationed  IhemKclvea  in  a  place  of  concealment  to  listen,  by  which 
luettns  they  knew  what  passed  between  you,  which  she  now,  in  almost 
the  very  uune  wordx  yen  innile  use  of,  repeateil  to  me;  as  she  spokft  J 
I  wrole  it,  and  made  her  sign  the  paper  nnder  a  immgraiih,  pnrport-  f 
tnff  that  it  was  a  true  confession  of  the  part  sIih  had  taken,  aud  knew  ] 
olliors  to  luive  taken,  in  attempting  to  ii^Jure  Wisa  Fitzolan.  I 

"I  now  mentioned  Mrs,  Jane,  wiicse  evidence  I  wished  for  to 
eorroborUe  hera,    Thi*  ibe  aaiDred  me  I  might  procure  by  promising 


%  reward,  as  M™.  Jane  was  mtwh  dissntislied  with  the  mftrohionwH 
urA  Liuly  Eii|.lii'[isii),  iieitliur  uf  whom  hod  rccninpensud  Iter  aa  she 
BX[H?i;tiitl,  I'lrr  \iKT  laJthfiil  serfices  to  them.  She  woa  now  at  tliQ 
vjllii;  hilt  the  hunsekuopcr  added,  that  she  would  strike  out  MMue 
oxiH.>dioDt  U>  hring  her  U>  town  to  Ilie  course  of  the  week,  and  would 
iiiloriu  lue  iiauiudlately  of  her  arrival.  I  t«ld  her  the  affuir  of  the 
note  ihmdd  be  ou  more  tiietitiuned,  and  gave  a  bill  for  Btty  yunndi  as 
the  reward  I  had  [iruniiiied,  and  ttlie  eHtrei-ly  Hvcepted.  I  tu.d  her  nlie 
might  promise  a  Bimililr  one  in  mj  name  to  Mrs.  Jane,  pMvided  she 
'ilw  tuld  truth.  I  bLio  told  her  I  would  take  care  she  diould  Hulfer 
:iii  di:itress,  b;  quitting  the  mnnjuitt's  familj",  wliiuli  she  l.jnented 
would  be  the  oon»equenee  uf  what  she  bod  done. 

"  Mrx.  Jaue  did  uot  come  to  town  as  soon  as  I  expected ;  but  on 
receiving  a  sQn.mona  to  infomt  me  of  her  arrival,  I  hastened  to  the 
lijtiae  like  an  inquisitor-general  with  my  soroU ;  prepared  to  take  the 
cuulerisiou  uf  tlie  fair  oulprit,  which  exactly  ourrenponded  with  the 
housekeeper's,  and  I  had  tlie  felicii;  of  seeing  her  ealMcribe  her  name 
to  it.  I  gave  her  the  pmnuied  recoiii[>ensc  most  cheerflilly,  an  I  had 
not  half  so  much  tniuUle  in  uialdng  her  tell  tmtli,  a^i  f  had  with  the 
liounukee|>er.  Mrs.  Jeiinings,  your  old  lundltidy ,  and  Lad^v  Uref  stock'ri 
faithful  friend,  was  the  uext  and  last  person  whoise  malice  1  wanted 
to  refute.  I  mwle  my  servant  iii<|uire  W  cliarocter  in  the  neighbonr- 
hood,  and  learned  it  was  considered  u  very  aui^iiciouH  one.  I  went 
to  her  one  muroing  in  my  carriage,  well-knowing  that  the  nplieoraiioe 
of  ruuk  and  HplenJimr  would  have  a  greater  weight  in  intlueuciug  a 
bein^  bke  her  to  Justice  than  anv  plea  uf  oonscience.  She  appeared 
lost  in  astonishment  and  contiismn  at  my  viuit,  and,  1  saw,  waited 
with  trembling  expectation  tn  have  the  reawin  ot  it  revealed.  1  kept 
her  out  long  in  suspeni^e.  1  waa  the  l^iend,  I  teld  her  uf  a  young  Uuy 
whose  character  she  had  viluty  and  falsely  aspersed.  Her  oundcienee, 
I  told  her,  I  believed  would  whimper  to  tier  heart  the  nnme  of  this 
lady,  and  send  its  ciimson  current  to  her  face  at  the  mentlun  of  Ulss 
Fitxuku. 

"The  wretch  seemed  ready  to  sink  to  the  earth,  I  repeated  to  her 
all  she  had  said  concerning  you  to  Lady  Greystoek.  I  told  her  of  the 
consequences  of  defamation,  and  declared  she  might  eipect  the  utmost 
rigour  of  the  law,  except  she  confessed  her  assertions  were  infamooa 
laisehoods,  and  the  motives  which  instigated  ber  to  them.  She 
trembled  with  terror,  and  supplicated  mercy :  I  desired  her  to  deserve 
it  by  her  confession.  Bhe  tlien  acknowledged  she  had  grot«ly  and 
cruelly  wronged  you,  by  what  she  hod  siud  to  Lady  GreyHiock,  and 
thai  ahe  had  uiany  opportt  nitiea  ot  being  convinced,  while  you  resided 
in  her  liouse,  that  yout  vii'tne  and  iimoceuce  were  of  tlie  purest 
nature ;  but  that  she  was  [irovoked  to  speak  maliciously  against  yo-i 
from  resentment  at  losing  all  the  rich  gifts  Colonel  Iklgraie  nail 
promi'<ed  lier,  if  slie  brought  you  to  comply  with  his  wi»li«.  Slie 
related  all  the  straliigeiUB  they  had  mutuidly  coniitrlpil  for  yiiiii 
duot ruction,  and  she  brouglii  uio  some  letters,  whii-h  I  have  kv|il, 
from  him  to  you,  and  which  ahe  pretended  you  bad  i«c«v<«>^V«aX  ^uf. 


shoiiM  lose  the  taoaej  be  always  gave  wlicn  ihi  was  B[ic<cvssf\il  lit 
deliver!  iig  odq. 

"I  bid  her  beware  how  she  evar  ottempied  to  vilify  innncence,  ItM 
the  friends  of  tliose  a1  wliom  she  levelled  her  arrowit  of  defaiiiutiua' 
afaould  not  be  :;a  merciful  to  her  Ba  Hiss  Fitza^'s  bad  been,  nnJ  wag, 
the  tale  of  Iho  elanduror  llius  ever  to  be  minutely  investigated,  th* 
evi!  might  die  Away  by  degrees,  and  man;  hapless  victims  escape  wbw 
are  dai'y  Kdcrilijed  lo  malice,  revenge,  or  eovy. 

"OLl  mv  j^manda,  I  cannot  e:(tiress  the  tran^rts  I  felt  when  t 
foand  the  (UtBcaltits,  which  I  drcadud  as  iotervoning  between  mo  and  i 
happiness,  thus  removed.  I  felt  myself  the  happiest  of  men;  mj' 
heart  acknowledged  yunr  worth,  I  was  convinced  of  jour  love,  and 
in  my  bands  I  lield  the  refutation  of  falsehood,  and  the  confirmatioit 
of  your  innocence. 

The  period  for  mentioning  my  project  was  now  arrived:  I  desirwl, 
the  morning  after  my  visit  to  Mrs.  Jenniof^  to  be  indulged  in  a  t6ta- 
A-t6te  in  Lady  Martha's  dressing-room;  I  believe  she  half-gucMcd 
what  the  subject  would  be:  she  saw  by  my  counlenanco  there  wa« 
joyful  news  at  hand.  I  shall  not  recnpiinlate  our  conversation; 
Buttice  it  to  aay,  that  her  excellent  feeling  heart  partjcl pilled  largely  in 
my  satisfucLiun :  it  did  more  than  participate,  it  wished  to  increasB  A, 
and  ere  I  could  mention  my  pnyect,  she  declared  luy  Amanda  aliouU  ■ 
henceforth  be  considered  as  her  odopteil  daughter,  and  should  from , 
her  receive  such  a  fortune  as  such  a  title  cliunied.  Yes.  my  Amatld^, 
the  fortune  she  ever  destined  for  me,  she  said  she  should  now  cotu^ 
crate  to  the  purpose  of  procnring  me  a  treasure,  the  most  valuable 
heaven  could  bestow — the  richest — the  most  valuable  indeed — ft 
treasure  deare^  far  dearer  to  my  sonl  for  all  the  dangers  it  lias 
eocounteredj  I  fell  at  Lady  Martha's  feet,  in  a  transport  of  gratitnde, 
and  acknowledged  that  ehe  had  anticipated  what  1  was  goin^  to  aay, 
as  1  had  been  determined  to  throw  myself  on  her  generomiy,  from 
tlie  time  I  was  convinced  of  yonr  inflaiible  resolution,  not  to  units 
yourself  to  roe  without  yon  brought  a  fortune. 

"  It  was  now  agreed  we  should  keep  Lord  Oherbury  a  little  longer-, 
ignorant  of  our  intentions;  we  proposed  taking  the  niareliioness  and' 
lidy  Euprasia  hy  surprise,  and  hoping  by  so  doing,  lo  be  able  to 
runiovo  from  bis  eyes  the  mist  which  partiality  had  hiiherto  sjireact 
before  them,  to  obscure  the  defects  of  the  above-mentioned  ladies. 

■'  lie  had  hinted  laore  than  once  bis  wishes  for  my  paying  my 
compliments  to  tlie  marquis's  villa.  I  now  propo^  going  thither 
myself  the  ensuing  day.  He  looked  equally  surprised  and  pleased. 
At  bis  proposal  Lady  Martha  agreed  to  accompany  me,  and  bis  lord- 
ship, you  may  he  sure,  determined  t4i  be  one  ot  the  i>8rlv,  ibat  he 
might  supply  the  deficiencies  of  bis  son,  which  he  had  neretofort; 
found  pretty  manifest  in  such  society. 

'*  We  had  the  happiness  10  find  sU  the  family  at  home  when  wc 
reached  the  villa.  The  tadie?  all  expressed  themselves  delighted  at 
itfy  uneipected  appearance,  and  quite  charmed  by  my  reeovered  looks. 
Ilie  marquis,  with  his  u.'^nnl  *ia\g  froid,  declared  himi>e1f  glad  to  *e« 


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mc.  Te  Brailhig  deceiTers,  I  cried  to  myself,  a»  I  siirreyeil  tlie 
marclii-:>nesg  and  IaIj  Eaphrasisi,  ynar  triumph  over  innoceooe  ai:d 
bua'Jty  will  auun  bo  over.  After  passing  half  an  hour  ia  uninleresl- 
iiii;  cliit-cliat,  I  biok  the  cpportDoity  of  one  of  those  paosos  ia  conver- 
sntion  'Which  so  frequei-Ur  bitppen,  to  commenoe  m;  attack :  it  would 
be  as  pninfnl  to  yea  as  me,  to  recapitolate  all  which  ensued  Id 
coDHMjnence  of  it.  Rugii,  giiilt  and  oonnisiou  were  conapieuoas  in  tlie 
iniirchiunens  and  Lady  rEiiphraaia:  tlie  marquis  and  I^dy  GreysUick 
loiiked  with  astoniahmeBt,  and  uiy  lather  seemed  overwhelmed  witk 
diirpnse  and  consternation. 

"  1  naid  (addresiiing  the  marcl lioness)  T  now  trusted  the  resPDtment 
her  kdyithip  enterltuned  against  hernnoffending  niece  was  suffidently 
ap]>eB9vd  by  what  she  had  mode  her  BOffer,  and  that  she  would  rather 
rejoice  tlian  regret  the  opportunity  that  presented  itself  of  vindicating 
her  fame.  I  wished,  I  said,  as  much  as  possible,  to  spore  her  lady- 
ship's feelings,  and,  provided  she  would  dear  Hiss  Fitzako  ttcr  the 
obhiquy  whieh  the  transat: lions  in  her  house  CAst  npou  her,  I  was 
willing  to  conceal  the  share  her  lodysliip  bad  in  them.  In  a  voice  of 
sniothered  rage,  and  with  a  look  into  which  she  threw  as  inii'^h  oon- 
tempt  as  possible,  she  replied,  "  She  thanked  me  for  th-.  rttention  I 
priifo9.:ed  myself  inclined  to  pay  her  foehngs;  but  sbt  fancied  I  hod 
orerliHiked  all  inaliiiation  of  this  kind,  when  I  undertook  to  bribe  her 
servants  to  asperse  her  character,  tliat  Miss  Filzalnn  might  be  donred. 
She  waa  sorry,  she  said,  to  find  I  coidd  be  capable  of  such  complica- 
ted baseness  and  weakness.  Miss  Fitzaltui,  she  perceived,  had  made 
me  her  dope  agiun ;  but  this  was  not  snrprisiug,  as  she  was  the  pro- 
fessed piipil  of  art ;  too  ]ate  I  should  behold  her  in  her  native  colonrs, 
and  find  the  disgrace,  which,  by  artifice,  I  now  attempt  to  remove 
li'Om  her  character,  thrown  back  apon  her,  perhaps  to  overwhelm  nie 
also  by  its  weight." — "  She  has  infatuated  him  (said  Lord  Cherbnry,) 
she  will  be  the  bane  of  his  life,  the  destruction  of  my  hopes." 

"  Not  Miss  Fitzolon,  (cried  I,  assuming  as  much  couhie^  as  possi- 
ble, though,  like  the  marchioness,  I  found  it  a  difBcult  task,}  not  Miss 
Fitzolan,  but  the  enemies  of  Miss  Fitzalan  deceived  me.  I  own  I 
was  the  dupe  of  the  sdieme  contrived  against  her :  anytldng  so 
horrid,  so  monstrous,  so  execrable,  I  did  not  tliink  conld  have 
entered  the  minds  of  those  who  were  bound  by  the  united  ties  of 
kindred  and  hospitality  to  protect  her,  and  I  rather  believed  I  owed 
my  misery  to  the  frujlty  than  the  turpitude  of  liaman  nature." 

"  You  see,  my  lord,  (eiclaimod  the  marchioness,  turning  to  I>ird 
Cherbury,J  Lur<i  Mortimer  acknowledges  his  passion  for  this  wretched 
giri." 

"  I  do,  (cried  I,)  I  glory  in  confessing  it.  In  loving  Miss  Pltzalan. 
I  love  virtne  it^eif;  in  acknowledging  a  passion  for  her,  1  violate  no 
faith,  I  break  no  engagement;  my  heart  ever  resisted  entering  into 
any  which  it  could  not  fiilfil." 

"  Dnfitrtunate  proposition  (siud  Lord  Cherbnry,  sternly!)  but  why, 
why  when  vou  beliereil  her  guiltv,  were  you  so  iofatoatod  as  to  fo'l- 
low  her  ti>  Ireland  ?     Wliy  not  calmly  resign  her  to  the  iiifaiw^  Aw. 


"  I  followed  her,  m;  Inril,  (T  replied)  ia  liope  to  wilbdrnw  her  fron 
tier  geiluoer'a  nriii-s  iitid  pluce  her  in  her  f&ther'it.^  I  Iioixh),  I  troatMl, 
1  Hhuuld  be  iible,  uLsii,  tu  alleviate  tlie  bitlor  desliiiy  ul'  |Hiur  t'ltMlna'a: 
'  '  dE  la  tlie  ariiis  nf  a  my,  aucceaBfiil  seducer,  but  a]>|mreatl;  in 
.s  or  death,  did  1  find  Auuuida.  1  saw  her  at  the  HoteiiiD  hon^ 
which  consigned  Lt:r  parent  to  his  grare,  and  U>  have  doubted  hof 
proteatationa  of  innocence  then,  would  hnve  Men  oliuoHt  iiiipiouak 
Gracious  Ueaven  1  how  impossible  t'O  disbelieve  her  truth  at  tlie  vaj 
moment  her  gentle  spirit  seemed  about  to  take  its  flight  to  lieaveal 
From  that  period  she  has  stood  acquitted  in  lay  tiiiu<l,  and  from  thM 
period  1  detennined  to  develops,  to  the  ntuiost  of  my  power,  thf 
machinations  which  had  made  me  donbt  her  innocence.  My  suocen 
In  their  development  hsa  been  beyond  my  ex{>ectstions.'  but  Pro- 
vidence ia  on  tlie  side  of  eu&ring  virtae,  and  assists  tliose  who  stan-l 
up  in  itAsnpport. 

"Ountrary  to  my  first  intention,  my  dear  Amanda,  I  have  given 
)-on  a  sketch  of  riart  of  onr  conversation.  For  the  remainder  it  sliali 
Nufllcn  TO  lay,  tliat  the  marcliionesa  |>eraevered  in  declaring  [  liaj 
bribed  r.er  servantj  to  blacken  her  cnaracter,  in  order  lt>  eli'ar  Ml<(S 
Fitzalan's .  ui  attempt  which  she  repeatedly  assured  me  1  would  tiiul 
DU6'''Cc««sfu.. 

"  The  icun|nis  talked  in  high  terms  of  the  dignity  of  his  honaa,  and 
how  i-opossible  it  was  the  marchioness  should  ever  have  disgraced  it 
by  «noh  a(^til1na  as  I  accused  her  uf  committing.  I  answered  liim  in 
%  iniJiner  ei|nally  wann.  that  my  accusations  were  too  weil  grounded 
and  aopponed  to  dread  refntation ;  that  it  was  not  only  due  M  injured 
Innocence,  but  essential  to  iriy  own  honour,  which  would  soon  b« 
materially  concerned  in  whatever  related  to  Miss  Fiiznlan,  to  hava 
those  accuxatiomi  made  pnblic,  if  her  ladyshin  refused  to  contradict 
th«  OHpeniun  wluch  might  be  thrown  upon  Miss  Filzalao,  in  couse* 
quenoe  uf  the  scene  which  passed  at  his  lordship's  hoiuK. 

"This  the  marchioness,  with  mingled  rage  and  contempt,  ref\]s«d 
doing,  and  Lady  Euphrasia,  atler  the  hint  I  gave  of  soon  being  nnited 
to  yon,  left  tiie  room  in  convnlsive  agitation. 

''Lord  Clierbury,  I  perceived,  suspected  foul  play,  by  some 
■peecbes  which  drojiped  from  himj  such  as  if  there  had  been  anj 
misunderstanding  between  her  ladyship  and  Miss  Fitzalan,  it  waa 
better  surely  to  have  it  done  away ;  or  certaiidy,  if  any  mistake  waa 
proved  relative  to  the  atfair  which  hapoened  in  her  ladyship'e  boiue, 
It  was  but  justice  to  the  young  lady  to  nave  it  cleared  up. 

'*  Yet,  notwithstnnding  the  interent  he  felt  in  tlie  caose  of  auflcring 
Innocence,  it  was  obvious  to  me  that  he  dreaded  a  rii]itnre  witli  iho 
marnuis's  family,  and  Bp[>eared  shocked  at  the  unequivo<cal  declaration 
1  baa  made  of  never  being  allied  to  it. 

"  Lady  Uai'tha  Dormer  look  the  cause.  The  testimony  Lord  Mor- 
timer had  reneived,  she  sud,  of  Miss  FitEalan'i;  iimocencc,  was  incan- 
trovertible,  and  exempted  him  alike  from  bring  stJgmalized  eitlier  u 
the  dupe  uf  art  or  love;  bnnianilf,  she  waa  couviuced,  exclusive  of 
everj  warmer  feeling,  would  havsmfluenced  him  to  have  uadenakon 
Jfiat  FiUalsn's  cause:  U  was  ifae  catis^  ol  looo^'eace  aud  virtue,  a 


IT  an 


•«  in  wliich  every  detester  of  scanJal  and  treactiery  sliculil  join, 
M  Dot  nnly  the  defenceless  oqihan,  but  tite  proteutud  cliild  of  rank 

frOfp«ri(j  were  vulaerable  to  their  Hhat^. 
again  repealed  the  evidenc*  of  her  servants,  and  the  reftitniion 
of  Mrs.  Jentiings  to  her  former  story ;  I  produced  to  etrougtijen  it,  the 
unopened  lettars  of  Colonel  Belgrave — thns  contiuDing  to  put  proof 
upon  proof  of  jour  innocence  (as  Sancho  Ponzu  aafa)  upou  the 
•boulders  of  demonstration. 

"  The  passiooa  of  the  marchiooeM  rose  at  last  to  (raatiu  violence. 
She  persislitd  in  alleging  her  integrity  and  viltifying  yours ;  but  with 
A  countenance  so  legibly  impressed  with  guilt  and  coufnsion,  that  a 
doubt  of  her  falsebwid  oontd  not  be  entertAinud,  even  by  those  who 
wished  to  donbt  it. 

"  The  scene  of  violence  we  now  became  witnesa  to,  was  painful  to 
me,  and  ebocking  to  Lady  Martha;  I  therefore  ordered  the  horses 
immediately  to  her  ladyship's  uhariol,  in  which,  accompanied  by  me, 
sbe  bad  preceded  Lord  Ctierbury'a  coach,  from  the  idea  that  onr 
coultnuance  at  the  villa  might  not  b«  quite  so  long  as  his  lordship's. 

"  As  we  expected,  his  lordsl.ip  staid  behind,  with  tlie  hope,  I  per- 
ceived, of  being  able  to  calm  tiie  peiiiu-batioDj  of  the  marcbioneas, 
and  lessen  (he  breach  between  us.  Jle  returned  the  next  day  to  town. 
I  have  so  long  dwelt  upon  disagreeable  scenes,  that  to  go  over  an? 
others  wonld  be  dreadful;  nor  should  I  bint  to  you  tbnt  I  had  such 
scenes  to  encounter,  was  it  not  to  excuse  and  account  to  you  fur  my 
absence  from  Castle  Carberry ;  our  difficulties  (yon  see  I  already  unite 
your  interests  with  mine)  began  to  decrease,  and  are  at  last  hapt>ily 
overeotue.  Lady  Marllia  made  me  write  her  intentions  relative  i'l 
}'on,  and  his  lordship  was  quite  satisfied  with  them.  He  autliorife* 
me  to  assure  you  be  longs  to  receive  yon  into  his  tiunily,  at  once  a 
boast  and  acquisition  to  it,  and  lie  says,  be  shall  consider  himsel/ 
under  obligadons  to  you,  if  you  liasten,  as  much  as  possible,  the 
period  t>f  becoming  one  of  its  members,  tliiiB  giving  biin  an  opporta- 
iiity  of  making  early  amends,  by  attention  to  the  danghter,  for  tlie 
injasiice  be  did  the  father. 

"Lady  Martha  Dormer's  intmtions  I  have  only  hinted  to  yon;  in 
tlie  letter,  which  I  have  the  pleasure  uf  enclosing,  she  is  more  explidi 
concerning  them.  1  have  given  yon  this  long  narrative  on  paper, 
that  when  we  meet,  onr  conversation  tuny  be  nnembittered  by  any 
paJnAil  retrospect,  and  that  we  may  e^joy  uriintermpied  the  bright 
prospect  which  now  lies  before  us, 

"  But,  ere  I  close  my  letter,  1  must  inform  von  tliat  knowiog  you 
could  never  be  selfishly  wrapped  tip  in  your  own  enjiiymenls,  I  made 
every  possible  inquiry  relative  to  your  brother,  and  was  at  length 
referred  by  the  agent  of  his  late  r^ment  to  an  officer  in  It:  wiiJi 
some  difficutly  1  found  be  liad  quitted  bis  quarters  on  leave  of  absence. 
I  wrote  iramediolely  to  his  family  residence,  and,  after  waiting  long 
and  impatiently  for  an  answer  to  my  letter,  I  dispatched  n  special  niet- 
wnger  to  learu  whether  be  was  there  or  not.  llio  courier  returned 
wfii  a  polite  rote  from  the  otfioer's  I'alUet,  Wonmn^  \ni  No*  waifc 
11       , 


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of  [ileosure  with  soine  fi'iciitls.  oud  that  it. 
be  kiiew  irbcre  to  lind  liini  ho  wonld  ti&Te  tronsmitbiil  my  letto^ 
-which  I  mii^hC  depend  od  heing  answered  the  inomeut  he  reliiTDed. 

"  I  have  no  duubC  but  we  ^hull  receive  intelligeace  frinn  h[m  wa- 
mruing  Mr.  Fitzalan ;  it  shall  then  he  oar  hosiutss,  if  his  situation  ia 
not  already  pleuing  to  change  it,  or  render  it  as  much  mure  so  ■ 
poBsihle  to  him. 

"Keep  lip  your  spirits  therefore  ahoiit  him,  for  hv  the  lime  w 
onive  in  Eugluod  I  expect  a  letter  from  hi«  tirieud,  and  let  me  m>t  b_ 
any  more  pained  by  seeing  your  cuaDteniinoe  cloaded  witli  cora  or 

"  Aaa  reward  for  reining  in  my  impatience  to  «eeyun  Uiia  aveaing; 
be  propitious  to  my  request  for  early  adiaittsion  to-morruw ;  if  objirl- 
tuble,  you  will  allon  uie  to  bi'eakfiutt  with  yon,  fur  I  eliall  take  ntms 
eI(^ept  with  yon,  and,  wltliont  an  express  command  to  the  conUnry, 
ehail  take  it  for  granted  I  am  Bipecl«a. 

■'  'Tis  anid  that  contrast  heightens  pleasure,  and  I  believe  the  ray* 
ing.  I  believe  that  without  having  felt  pain  in  all  its  ocuteneM  u  I 
liare  done,  1  never  should  have  felt  such  pleosuie  ns  I  now  erijoy. 
After  so  often  pving  yon  ap,  so  often  lajneutitig  yun  lu  lost  forever, 
til  tliink  1  Biinll  wmn  call  you  mine  is  n  source  of  Iriinsjiort  wiiich 
words  fonnot  eipresa.  Mine,  I  may  say,  is  the  reBUrrctstion  (>f  lutmiir 
neas,  for  hiia  it  not  been  rerired  from  the  very  grave  of  deaMirl 
But  I  forget  that  yon  have  Ijtdy  Uarthn  Dormer's  letter  Htill  tn 
peruke.  1  acknowledge  that,  for  old  friend»hip'M  sake,  I  AappuBed  jnq 
would  give  mine  the  preference ;  but  in  all  reason  itis  time  1  tJiuuT' 
resign  my  plooo  to  her  ladyship.  Bnt  ere  1  bid  yon  aiiiev,  I  miMt  U 
you  that  Araminta  is  a  sincere  participator  in  our  liappiuMM;  ^ 
arrived  from  Wales  bnt  a  few  minutes  previous  to  my  leaving  I>on- 
dun,  and  I  would  not  allow  her  time,  as  she  wished,  to  write  to  you, 
1  almost  forgot  to  tell  you,  that  the  raorquis's  family,  amongst  WDum 
Lady  Greystook  is  still  numbered,  instead  of  returning  U>  town,  set 
out  for  Brighthelmstone :  I  hate  learned,  contrary  to  my  and  iliNr 
ejipeetations,  that  neither  the  honseiieeper  nor  Mi-s.  Jane'  have  been 
dismisseil,  bat  both  sent  to  a  distant  seat  of  the  marquis's.  As  we 
know  till.'  marobiuness's  revengeful  disposition,  it  is  ]dain  she  has 
some  scci'^t  motive  for  not  gratifying  it  immediately  by  their  dismis- 
sion ;  but  wlint  it  i»,  can  bo  of  Utile  oonsequonce  for  ns  to  leiarn. 
since  we  are  both  too  well  guarded  to  snlTer  fmm  any  future  plot  (rt 
hera ;  like  everv  other  which  was  fonned  apunst  my  dear  Amanda, 
J  trust  they  will  ever  proTe  abortive.  I  was  disturbed,  wiihin  A  t«w 
milea  of  Castle  Carbcrry,  by  a  gentleman  passing  on  horseliack,  who 
eiiber  strongly  re«embled,  or  was  Colonel  Belgrave.  My  blmHl  Uiited 
in  my  veins  at  his  sight;  I  left  the  carriage,  moDnlcd  one  of  my  ser- 
vant's Loises,  .«nd  endeavoured  to  overtake  him.  He  oerl^lily 
avoided  me  by  lakiug  Nume  cross-road,  as  bis  sjwvd  i<ouId  not  li'iv^ 
outatrippnd  mine ;  my  efibrts  to  discover  hl<t  babitntiou  weru  e<|iiiilly 
iinHuccvfisftil.  As  to  yoar  personal  soenrity  I.  had  no  appreheneioiM, 
living  heard  constantly  from  my  good  friend  'be  docriur  aUmf  jftii; 


CUILDKEX      OF      THE      AUDir.  Zhi 

bot  I  dreaded  the  wretch,  if  it  were  resUy  hjm,  might  disturb  your 
tranqoillity,  eitlicr  by  fordng  into  your  presence,  or  writing ;  tlionk 
lienVQu,  frum  all  intrusions  or  ilsngera  of  this  kind,  uiy  Amanda  will 
now  he  guarded ;  but  again  am  I  trespasi^ng  on  tlie  time  yoo  should 
devote  to  Likdj  Marthas  lett«r.  Adieu,  auil  do  nut  distqipoiul  my 
hopea  of  being  allowed  to  visit  you  early. 

"  MOBTUIBB." 

Amanda  perused  Ibi*  leltor  with  emotiona  which  can  he  better  con- 
ceived than  descrilietl.  She  conld  scarcely  have  parted  with  it  witti- 
out  a  Hecond  reading,  hod  not  Laily  MarLha'a  demanded  her  ultention ; 
«he  snatched  it  liaslily  from  the  ground  where  it  hitherto  lay 
neglected  aud  read  to  tlio  following  purpose. 

"Tliat  1  warmly  and  sincerely  congratnlnte  my  dear  and  amiable 
Miss  FitwUan  on  ine  happy  revolntiun  in  her  affairs  she  will  readily 
believe,  peranaded  as  slie  must  be  of  tlie  deep  intercut  1  take  iu  what- 
ever concerns  a  person  on  whom  the  happiness  of  biiii  whom  1  liavo 
lovod  from  childhood  so  materiaUv,  bo  entirely,  1  may  say,  depends. 

"  Yet  do  not  suppose  me,  my  dear  Miss  Fiizalon,  so  Mlfish,  an  not 
to  be  able  to  riyoiue  at  yonr  happiness  on  your  own  account,  eiolnsici! 
of  every  consideration  relative  to  Lord  Mortimer :  long  since  I  wna 
taught  by  description  to  esteem  and  admire  yon,  and  even  when  the  ' 
hope  of  being  connected  with  you  bec-ame  extinct,  I  could  not  so 
totallv  forego  that  admiration,  oa  to  feel  uninterested  about  yon. 
Oil  I  how  trnly  do  I  rejoice  at  the  revival  of  the  hope  1  have  just 
menCioneil,  and  at  its  revival  with  every  prospect  of  ita  lieing  speedily 
realized!  I  shall  consider  Lord  Mortimer  as  one  of  the  most  fortunate 
of  nien  in  calling  yon  his,  and  to  think  I  have  been  able  lo  promote 
his  bapniness  ^vc^  me  a.  satisfactioo  which  never  was,  nor  ever  will 
he  equalled  by  auy  circnmstauue  in  my  life. 

"Tliough  I  cannot  give  my  adopted  daughter  a  fortane  by  any 
means  e<]nal  to  that  which  Lady  Euphrasia  Sutherland  will  possess, 
Lord  Cherhury  is  fully  sensible  that  her  perfections  will  abundantly 
make  up  for  any  deficiency  in  tliis  respect.  Ten  thousand  pouodn, 
and  one  thousand  a  jrear,  is  at  present  to  be  her  portion,  and  the 
reversion  of  the  remamder  of  my  fortune  is  to  be  secured  to  lier  and 
Lord  Mortimer;  the  final  adjnstment  of  all  affiiirs  is  to  lake  place  at 
my  bouse  in  the  country,  whither  I  propose  going  immediately 
accompanied  by  Lady  Araminta,  and  where  we  shall  Ixith  moqt  impa- 
tiently eipect  your  arrivid,  which  we  mutnully  entreat  may  he  lios- 
tened  as  much  as  posdihie,  consistent  with  your  health  and 
convenience :  Lord  Cherbury  has  promised  to  follow  us  in  a  few  days, 
so  that  I  suppose  ho  will  also  be  at  Tborubury,  te  receive  yoo. 
Would  to  heaven,  my  dear  Miss  Fitzoloa,  ii|jured  virtne  and  innocence 
may  always  meet  with  such  cliain]}ions  to  vindicate  them  as  Lord 
Mortimer!  was  that  the  case,  we  should  see  many  InveW  vxcUtwe  vS. 
scorn  and  rcpnincli  raising  tlifir  liwidB  with  lv\n\n^\*  MiA  *9!iv.l^*;'?,'ja 


But  p»r(1on  rny  involontarily  adverting  to  pMt  sd-oes,  thooglv  at  ths 
wnie  liiue  1  lliiiik  yon  liure  reasun  tu  rt^uice  at  your  Criala,  wliioh 
■orved  as  so  uiariy  luals  ami  proolk  of  tlie  estiiuut)le  qunlitiea  joa 
posaesa.  Fwewell,  my  dear  Miss  Fitzalan ;  I  have  buon  brief  in  mj 
letter,  beoBuse  t  know  I  nbould  not  be  pardoned  by  a  certain  pccsoii 
if  1  engroe-'ied  too  mudi  of  your  time.  I  told  him  I  would  giv«  y oa 
a  hint  of  tlia  impetuosity  of  his  diBpusition ;  but  he  told  me,  perliapa 
to  prevent  tbin,  Uiat  you  were  already  acquainted  wiUi  it.  Id  oue 
.nstanco  I  slioll  oomtnend  liiin  fur  displaying  it,  Uiat  is  in  bbwtcniug 
)'uu  tu  Tliiirnbuty,  tu  tbe  anna  of  your  affectionate  friend, 

MXBTIU  DOBMEK." 

Amonda'a  bappiness  was  now  almost  as  grent  as  it  covld  be  in  tUs 
Vurld  ;  almost  I  say,  for  it  received  alloy  from  the  melanofaoly  oon* 
sideration  tliat  ber  father,  that  faitbful  and  allectJODate  &ieud  who 
bad  shared  her  troubles,  could  not  be  a  partaker  of  her  joyi;  but 
the  sigh  of  unavglting  regret  which  roae  in  her  niind,  she  checked, 
by  reflecting,  that  hapjiiuess  all-perfect  was  more  than  humanity 
could  either  support  or  expect,  and  with  pious  gratiUide  ahe  bent  to 
the  fower  who  bad  changed  the  discoloured  proniiect,  by  which  sbs 
had  been  so  long  surrounded,  into  one  of  cheerfnlnesa  and  bcsuty. 

If  ber  pride  was  woonded  by  the  hint,  though  so  dehcately  co&- 
Teyed,  wliich  Lord  Mortimer  hud  given  of  the  difficnltiet)  he  enoonn- 
tered  in  gaining  Lord  Cherbury's  approbation,  it  was  instantly  relieved 
by  the  flattering  commendations  of  Lady  Martha  Dormer,  and  to  ba 
connected  with  her  and  Lady  Araminto,  she  looked  upon  amongst 
the  mo«t  valuable  bleesings  ahe  could  enjoy. 

To  express  what  she  felt  for  Lord  Mortimer  was  impoa^b1« ; 
language  could  not  do  justice  to  her  feelings :  she  felt  love,  gratitade 
and  admiration  for  him,  all  in  the  fulleat  extent,  and  all  nnited,  and 
abe  wept  in  the  fulness  of  her  heart  over  the  joyflU  assurance  of 
being  his.  With  tho  two  letters  in  ber  hand  she  repaired  to  Uw 
prioress's  apartment,  whom  she  fonud  alone.  The  good  old  lady  saw 
the  traces  of  t«ars  on  Amanda's  face,  and  eicliumed.  In  a  voice  which 
evinced  her  Bym|iathy  in  her  cimwrns,  "  Oh  I  I  fear,  my  child,  some- 
thing  has  happened  to  disturb  yoo!"  Amanda  presenied  her  the 
letters,  and  bid  her  judge  from  tliem  whether  she  had  not  reason  ti. 
be  agitated.  As  the  prioress  read,  her  sndden  and  broken  exclatiia- 
tiotis  manifested  her  gurpriso  and  pleasure,  and  IVeqnen'.ly  were  hw 
^>cctacles  removed  to  wipe  from  off  them  the  tears  of  joy  by  which 
tliej-  trerc  bedewed.    When  the  bad  &uishcd  the  welooms  jiackeV 


■he  l&rned  h)  Aniniida,  wlio  ]i&<l  hv^n  Atluntively  waColiiug  the 
variom  tnroB  in  liei  oonDteoaoce,  siid  gnve  licr  u  cuitgrUulatory 
embrace.  ''Lord  Sli'rlimer  is  wurtliy  of  you,  my  thilil,"  said  the 
priorees,  "  and  tbat  is  the  highest  eologiDiu  1  can  pusB  on  him." 
Aft^r  commanting  upon  differeat  parU  of  the  letter,  she  Bsked 
AiDwda,  a  little  archly,  "whether  she  intended  sending  flu  express 
comnwDd  to  his  lordxhip  egwnst  coming  early  in  the  tnorningt" 
Amanda  honeatly  oonfease<i  iih«  liad  ao  aiich  intention,  and  expressed 
her  wish  to  behold  him.  The  prioress  said  she  wonld  have  bretikfaat 
prepared  for  tliem  in  the  garden  parlour,  and  that  she  would  take 
care  lliey  should  not  be  interrupted.  Slie  b^m  promiaed  to  keep 
•very  tidng  seoret,  till  matlera  were  arranged  for  Amanda's  removal 
from  St.  Oathariue'a. 


CHAPTER    X5SIS. 


n  mX  nil  thW'l  mlu. 


Jot  is  as  great  an  eneniy  to  repose  S9  anxiety.     Ar:iniida  posMd  an 
almotit  sleepless  night,  but  her  thougbta  were  too  agteeahly  employed 
to  allow  her  to  suffer  for  want  of  rest ;  early  as  nhe  rose  in  the  morn- 
ing, she  wa^  but  a  short  time  in  tlie  parlour  befoie  Lord  Mortimer 
arrived.    He  appeared  with  all  the  transports  of  his  soa]  beauiiog 
^ni   hla   eyes,   and   was   received   by   Amanda   with    tender    and 
L  Jrembliug  einotloa.    He  oaught  her  to  his  heart  an  a  treasure  restored 
w,fp  him  by  the  inimedia.te  hand  of  Heaven.    He  pressed  her  to  it  with 
■  ,^l«ut  exstacy.    Both  for  a  few  moments  were  unable  to  ^iieaik;  but 
T'jtbe  tears  which  burst  from  Amanda,  ajid  tbn»e  ttlat  stopped  on  the 
■IglowiDg   oheeks  of   I»rd  Mortimer,  expresseil  their  feelings   more 
'  rcihiy  than  any  language  oould  have  done. 
Amanda  at  length  funnd  utterance,  and  begnu  to  thank  his  InriMiip 
IT  aU  the  difficulties  be  had  gone  through  ii.  viiidicaliiig  her  faiuA 


StK) 


ABB  CT. 


i 


lie  hnilllj  stopped  tbuse  effatioiu  of  gmlilnde,  bf  biiliUa^  Iier  ndt 
lier  hforl  wheLlier  be  had  not  been  fiervjng  hinis^  as  veil  u  bar  b; 
nlint  be  hul  done. 

From  the  soft  conftnoa  into  wbicb  bis  tno^ports  threw  her, 
Aiuauda  endeavoQifd  to  recover  berself  bj  repaiiiug  to  the  broakbst 
table,  on  which  the  good  risters  had  spread  ail  the  niceties  (ad^i;«d 
[o  a  inomiiig  repast)  which  tlie  coarent  could  prodace;  bit  her  haad 
was  Dtifiteadj:,  abe  spilt  tSe  tea  in  ponriiig  it  out.  and  committed 
Iwentf  blanden  in  helping  Lord  Mortimer,  lie  laughe^l  a  litllo 
archly  at  her  eiut)aiTaaimenl,  and  insisted  on  dr>ing  the  bononrg  of 
the  lable  himself  to  which  Amanda  wiili  a  llmh  consented;  %nt 
hreaicfs^t  wu  little  attended  to.  Amanda's  hand  was  detaJn«d  ta 
Lord  Uortimer's  while  his  eyes  were  continnall]'  taming  towards  her, 
as  if  to  assnre  bis  heart  that  in  the  lovelj  eridenoe  of  hia  b^ipineai 
there  was  no  deception;  and  the  tenderness  Amanda  bad  no  longer 
reason  to  restrain,  beamed  from  her  looks,  which  also  evinced  b«r 
perfect  sensibilit;  of  her  present  felicitv — a  felicity  heightened  by 
het  approving  conscience  testifying  she  had  merited  it.     Tlie  pare, 


I^Ktmiscd,  whenever  sLe  came  lu  Uiwn,  vihich  wah  bill  soliloin,  sL* 
fironld  m&ke  their  Louse  her  huine,  (irovided  tlit>y  wuulil  piiimise  to 
tpend  every  ClirisUnaa,  and  three  uionlhii  at  leant  in  eumniur,  witli 
-lier  at  Thornbnry :  Lord  Uortitoer  said  he  had  liis  choice  of  aiiT  of 
the  Earl's  seats,  bnt  chose  nona,  fVom  an  idea  of  the  Uoll  being  mora 
'agreeable  to  Aiiiaiida.  She  assured  him  it  wa",  and  he  proceeded  to 
mention  the  jiresents  which  litdy  Uartha  had  [ireparad  for  her;  also 
the  cftTTisfCs  and  retinue  he  had  provided,  and  expected  to  find  at 
Thombarj  H^faijidt  she  reached  it,  still  atikiug  If  the  arrungciuents  be 
had  mode  niet  her  approbation. 

Ainimda  was  aflectod,  even  to  tears,  by  the  solicitude  he  showed  to 
pieBM!  lier.  mid  he,  perceiving  lier  einotiuns,  changed  the  discourse  to 
tnlk  about  her  removal  (nun  St.  Catharine's;  he  entronted  her  not  to 
delay  it  longer  than  was  absolutely  necessary  to  ailjusl  matters  for  iL 
She  promised  compliance  to  liis  entreaty,  acknowledgiug  tliat  she  bnt 
obeyed  her  iDclinatloiis  in  doing  so,  as  she  longed  to  be  presented  to 
tier  generous  patroness,  Lady  MnrtliA,  and  to  her  atuiuble  and  beloved 
'Lady  ArHniinto. 

.  Lord  Uurtimer,  delieately  consiiteratc  ab<tut  all  wbieli  concerned 
her,  begged  ehe  would  8[ieak  to  the  prioress  to  procure  u  decent 
ftmole,  who  ahotild  be  a  proper  attendant  for  her  journey;  tliey 
■hould  travel  together  in  one  chaise,  and  he  would  follow  them  in 
Uotber.  Anumda  prontiMd  she  would  lose  no  time  in  making  this 
ireqnest,  wbioh,  she  had  no  doubt,  wonld  be  Bucce^iil. 

Lord  Mortimer  presented  her  with  b  very  beautiful  embroidered 
.puree,  contdning  notes  to  the  amoant  of  five  hundred  pounds. 
lAmanda  bhiahed  deeply,  and  felt  her  feelings  a  little  hnrt  at  the  idea 
g  oliljged  to  Lord  Mortimer  for  everything.  He  preesed  her 
nd,  in  a  voice  of  soothing  tendemeai,  told  her  he  shoold  be 
iffended  if  she  did  not  from  this  moment  consider  her  interest  insepa- 
Ible  from  his.  The  notea,  lie  Baiil,  of  right  belonged  to  her,  as  Ihey 
monnted  to  but  the  iudividuid  niiiii  he  had  already  devoted  to  hw 
He  requested  she  would  not  curb  in  the  least  her  geiieruoa 
t,  bnt  fulfil  in  the  utmost  extent  all  the  claimii  which  gratitude 
I  npon  her.  The  benevolent  Bisters  of  St.  Catliarine's  were  the 
in  tJie  list  of  those  who  bad  conferred  oblignlions  npiin  her, 
|nd  he  desired  she  would  not  only  reward  thea  liberally  (it  prnsenl^ 
it  promise  Iliem  an  anmial  sli]iend  of  fitly  pounds. 


Amatiila 'n'os  tralj  iidiglit«J  at  tLis;  t«  l>e  able  to  contribute  to 
tlie  comfort  of  tliosa  who  Imd  ao  Largely  promoted  iiors,  \vm  a  soarov 
of  eiqaidite  felicity. — Lord  Uortimer  presented  ber  with  hta  piotnra^ 
ivhicb  he  had  draim  in  London  for  that  purpose;  it  was  a  striking 
likene&s,  and  most  elegantly  set  with  brilliaots  wliich  fonned  a  oypbef 
upoQ  a  pliut  of  hair  at  Che  hack,  lliis  vta  indeed  a  precious  present 
to  Amanda,  and  she  admo'wledged  it  was  snch.  Lord  Mortimer  Bnid, 
Uiat  in  return  for  it  bo  should  expect  hers  at  some  futnre  time ;  but 
added,  smiling,  "  I  shall  Lot  heed  the  shadow  till  I  procore  Ihe  sub- 
Blauua."  lie  also  gave  her  a  very  beaulifnl  ring,  wjlh  mi  eni*'leiu- 
atical  device,  and  adorned  tu  the  same  manner  aa  bis  picture,  which 
Lady  Martha  bad  sent  as  a  pledge  of  future  friendship;  and  he  now 
infurmed  her,  that  her  lodyahip,  accompanied  by  Lady  Arainiota, 
intended  meeting  tbem  at  Holyhead,  that  all  due  honoar  and  attctitioQ 
might  be  pdd  to  her  adopted  daughter. 

In  the  midst  of  their  couTersation,  the  dinner  bell  rang  from  the 
eoDvent.  Amanda  started,  and  declared  she  bad  not  snppHMed  it 
half  so  late.  The  arch  smile  which  this  speech  occasioned  in  Lord 
Mortimer,  instantly  made  her  perceive  it  had  been  a  tacit  confeuioit 
of  the  pleasure  ahe  enjoyed  in  their  ttte-ft-t&te. 

She  blushed,  and  telling  him  she  coald  not  stay  another  moment, 
was  hurrying  away.  He  hastily  caaght  her,  and  hulding  bolli  ber 
hands,  declared  she  should  not  depart,  neither  would  he  to  his  soli- 
tary dinner,  till  ehe  promised  he  might  return  t«  her  early  in  t)ia 
evening.  To  this  she  consented,  provided  he  allowed  her  to  have 
the  prioress  and  sister  Mary  at  least  at  tea.  This  waa  a  coBdition 
Lord  Mortimer  by  no  means  liked  to  agree  U\  and  he  endeavonred 
to  prevail  on  her  to  drop  it ;  but,  finding  her  inllexible,  he  etiA  she 
■was  a  provoking  girl,  and  asked  her  if  she  was  not  afraid  tiiat,  when 
he  had  the  power,  he  would  retaliate  npon  her  for  all  the  trials  slie 
liad  pat  bis  patience  to ;  bat  since  she  Vviuld  have  it  so,  why  it  most 
be  BO  to  be  sure,  he  said ;  bat  he  hoped  the  good  ladies  would  have  too. 
mnoli  conscience  to  sit  out  the  whcJe  evening  with  Ibem.  Tlial  was 
■II  cliance,  Amanda  said.  The  bell  again  rang,  and  ho  was  foroed  to 
depart. 

She  took  the  opoortnnity  of  being  alone  with  the  prioress  thr  a  few 
miontes,  to  speak  to  her  about  procoring  a  f^m^e  to  attend  ber  tn  het 
journey.    The  prifurws  said  »he  donMed  not  bit  she  fonM  prwor* 


8U3 


herui  eligible  pcrsiiii  from  the  neighbouring  town,  and  proiniijed  to 

write  Uiere  tliat  very  evening,  to  a  family  who  would  be  ablu  to  assist 
her  inqniriee. 

Ikilh  fiha  «nd  sister  Marv  were  ranch  pleased  by  being  invital 
to  drink  tea  with  Lord  Mortiinci'.  He  came  ev«n  earlier  tlinn  wili 
ciipctted.  Poor  Amanda  wm  terrified,  lest  her  coinpatitoii^  slionld 
overhear  him  repeatedly  tisking  her  whether  they  would  not  retire 
trninediately  after  teal  Though  not  overheard,  the  prioress  had  too 
ninch  ai^acity  not  to  know  her  departure  was  disired;  she  therefore, 
niider  pretence  of  basiness,  retired,  and  took  Mary  along  wilh  her, 
Amanda  and  Lord  Mortimer  went  into  the  garden,  lie  thanked  her 
fur  not  losing  time  in  speaking  to  llie  prioress  about  her  Eurvant,  an<i 
Mkid  tJiat  be  hoped,  at  the  end  of  the  week,  at  farthest,  elie  would  be 
able  h)  begin  her  jonmey.  Amanda  rendily  promised  to  nee  all  pos- 
sible despatch.  They  paused  some  delightful  hours  in  rambling  about 
tiie  garden,  and  talking  over  their  felicity. 

The  prioress'  expectation  was  answered  relative  to  a  servant;  in  the 
course  of  two  days  she  produced  one  in  every  respect  agreeable 
to  Aiaanda,  and  things  were  now  in  auch  forwardness  for  her  departs 
nre,  that  she  expected  it  would  take  place  as  soon  as  Lord  Mortimer 
liad  mentioned.  Bis  time  was  psased  almost  oontinnaily  at  St 
Ontharine's,  never  leaving  it  except  at  dinner-time,  when  be  went  to 
Castle  Carberry;  his  residence  there  was  soon  known,  and  vi.sitors 
and  invitatioDB  without  number  came  to  the  csHtle,  hut  he  found 
means  of  avoiding  tbem. 

Amanda,  langhing,  would  oltea  toll  him  be  retarded  the  prepara- 
tion for  her  journey  by  being  always  with  her;  this,  he  said,  was  only 
a  )ireteit  to  drive  liim  away,  for  t]iat  he  rather  fnrwanled  tlietn 
by  letting  her  lose  no  time. 

Lord  Mortimer,  on  coming  to  Amanda  one  eveuing  tus  usual, 
appeared  uncommonly  discomposed;  his  Dace  was  flushed,  and  his 
whole  manner  betrayed  agitation.  He  scarcely  noticed  Amanda; 
but,  seating  himself,  placed  his  ann  npon  n  table,  and  leaneti  ilejacl- 
cdly  u[>on  it.  Amanda  was  inexpressibly  shocked,  her  heart  panted 
with  apprGheasioQ  of  ill,  but  she  felt  too  timid  to  make  an  in<)i]iry. 
He  suddenly  knit  his  brows,  and  muttered  between  bii>  tenth,  ''i-urM 
un  tJto  wretuhl" 


sa    o>    THE 


Amonda  could  no  longer  keep  eilenra:  "What  wrctehl"  th» 
eidnimed,  "  or  wliat  is  tlie  meaning  of  this  ilisorder  I" 

"First  tell  mc,  Amanda,"  said  he,  looking  very  «teaiil»atly  at  her, 
"  have  yon  seen  aiij  stranger  hero  lately !" 

"Good  heavensl"  replied  ihe,  "what  can  you  mean  by  Boeh  k 
question  ?  but  I  sol^nnij  aBsnre  yoa  I  have  not." 

'^EnoDgh,"  eaiJ  he,  "eoch  an  assiuance  restores  me  lo  quiet;  bnt, 
my  dear  Amanda,"  coming  over  to  bor,  and  taking  her  hands  in  bia, 
"sincd.yon  have  perceived  my  a^tation,  1  niDst  accntrnt  to  yoa  for  it. 
I  liHVC  juHt  «eeD  fielgrare ;  he  was  liDt  ■  Few  yards  &om  me  ou  tho 
f  imimon  when  I  saw  him ;  but  the  mean,  despicable  wrotch,  1oad«d  an 
lie  is  with  ooDSCions  guilt,  dnrat  not  face  me :  he  got  ont  of  my  way 
by  leaping  over  the  hedge  which  divides  tlie  common  trom  a  lao« 
with  many  intricate  windings :  I  endeavoured,  bat  witbont  success,  to 
diacover  the  one  he  had  retreated  Ibrough." 

"I  Bee,"  said  Amanda, pole  and  trembling,  "he  b  destined  tamak« 
me  wretched.  1  had  hoped  indeed  that  Lord  Mortimer  would  no  inor« 
have  Enfiered  his  quiet  to  be  interrupted  by  bini ;  it  impiiei  such  a 
doubt,"  sdd  she,  weeping,  "  an  shocks  mj  soul  I  If  snspidua  ia  thus 
continually  to  bo  revived,  we  liad  belter  separate  at  once,  for  miaery 
must  be  the  consequence  of  a  union  witbont  miilnul  oon£deiice." 

"  Gracious  heaven  I"  eaid  Lord  Mortimer,  "how  unfortunate  I  am 
to  give  yon  pain  I  Yon  miatoke  entirely,  indeed,  my  dearest  Amanda, 
the  cause  of  my  uneasiness ;  I  swear  by  all  that  is  sacred,  no  doubt, 
no  suspicion  of  your  worth  has  arisen  in  my  mind.  No  man  can 
think  more  highly  of  a  woman  than  1  do  of  yon :  but  I  was  disturbeil 
lest  the  wretch  should  have  forced  himself  into  your  presence,  and 
Iwt  yon,  tbrongh  apprehension  fur  me,  concealed  it  from  me." 

The  e:[damBtion  calmed  the  perturbation  of  Amanda;  as  an  atone- 
ment for  tlie  uneasiness  lie  had  given  her,  she  wanted  Lord  Mortimer 
to  promise  he  would  not  endeavour  lo  discover  Belgrave.  This  pro- 
mise he  avoided  giving,  and  Amanda  was  afraid  of  pressing  it,  lesl 
the  spark  of  jealousy,  which  she  was  convinced  e.Yisted  in  tlie  dispo- 
eilion  of  Lord  Mortimer,  should  be  blown  into  a  flame.  Tliat  Bel- 
gmvo  would  studiously  avoid  him  she  trusted,  and  she  resolved,  thai 
if  tlie  things  she  had  deemed  it  necessary  to  order  from  the  neigh, 
louring  town  were  not  finished,  to  wait  no  longer  for  them,  a 


longed  n  >w  more  thai:  ever  to  qnit  a  place  she  thought  (langeroos  to 
Lord  Mortimer.  The  eusuing  morning,  instead  of  seeing  his  lortlahip 
at  broatfftst,  a  nnte  was  bionght  to  hvT,  couched  iu  these  worda. 

"to  vim  mzALAti. 

"I  am  nnovoidably  prevented  from  waiting  on  my  dear  Amanda 
this  morning,  but  in  iba  course  of  the  day  she  inny  depend  on  eiilier 
seeing  or  hearing  fVoin  me  again.  She  can  liave  no  escnso  now  on 
luy  account  abonC  not  hastening  Ihe  preparations  for  her  Juurney,  and 
when  we  meet,  if  1  And  her  time  has  not  been  employed  to  this  par- 
poM  ab«  may  eipeot  k  severe  ohiJing  from  her  faithtiil 

"MOBTIIIBB." 

This  notn  filled  Amanda  vith  the  most  alarming  disqniet.  It  waa 
eridenttohertholhewasgonein  pursuit  of  Belgravo,  She  ran  into  the 
hall  to  inquire  of  the  messenger  abont  hia  master,  bnt  he  was  gone. 
She  then  hastened  to  the  prioress,  and  commnnicated  her  apprehen- 
sions to  her.  Tlie  prioress  endeavonred  to  calm  tliem,  by  assuring 
her  she  might  be  convinced  that  Belgrave  had  tiiken  too  many  pre- 
cautions  to  be  discovered. 

Amanda's  breakfast,  howerer,  remained  untouched,  and  Ler  tltinga 
nnpacked,  and  she  continaed  the  whole  morning  the  picture  of 
anxiety,  iropatienlly  expecting  the  promised  visit  or  letter;  neither 
came,  and  she  resolved  to  send,  after  dinner,  the  old  gardener  to 
Oastle  Carherry,  to  inqnire  after  Lord  Mortimer.  While  she  wa» 
tpeaking  to  him  for  that  pnrjKwe,  the  maid  followed  her  into  tlie 
Binrden,  and  told  her  there  was  a  messenger  in  the  parlour  from  Lord 
Mortimer.  She  flew  thither;  bnt  what  words  can  express  her  sur- 
prise, when  the  supposed  messenger,  raising  a  large  bat  which 
shadowed  his  face,  and  removing  his  handkerohief  which  he  had 
hitherto  held  up  to  it,  discovered  to  her  view  the  features  of  Lord 
Oherbury  1  She  could  only  eiclalra,  "  fSracious  hoaveD,  has  anything 
happened  to  Lord  Mortimer?"  ere  she  snulc  isto  a  chwr  in  breatliles* 
a«it«tioD. 


CHAPTEIt  XL. 


TbB  propbilw  gf  woe,  foi 


i.uBi>  OnsKBtmr  bBaUiied 
Bssurii)^  Iter  Lord  Mortimer  i 
tlu  by  tills  asaertioD,  sbe  aal 
answered,  because  he  had  se 
by  him,  about  on  iionr  ago. 


iiipport  and  calm  her  a^tAtioa,  I 
was  in  perfect  safety.  Becoveriug  »  U^ 
'd  liira  how  he  was  nssurad  of  Uiis. 
!V  htJD,  tljou^h  without  being  peniuived 
AinaDda,  restored  to  her  facilities,  bj 


I 


;  assured  he  was  uoiitjared,  began  to  reflect  on  the  suddenness 
of  Lord  Clierbitry'a  visit.  She  would  have  flattered  herself  he  cams 
to  introduce  lier  to  tiis  farnilj  himself^  had  not  his  loolcs  almost  for- 
bid aiich  an  idea;  the;  were  gloomy  and  disonlered;  hia  eyes  were 
faslonod  on  lier,  yet  be  appeared  unwilling  to  speak. 

Amanda  felt  herself  in  *.oo  awkward  and  crabarro-tsing  a  sitnatioD 
to  breaic  tlie  unpleasaut  silence.  At  lost  Lord  Cherbury  suddenly 
exclaimed :  "  Lord  Mortimer  does  not,  nor  must  not,  know  of  mj 
being  hero." 

"  Must  not  1"  repeated  Amanda  in  inconceivable  astooislimcnt. 

"  Gracioua  heaven ,"  said  Ix)rd  Cherbnry,  starting  from  the  chaii 
on  which  he  had  tlirown  himself,  opposite  to  her,  "  how  shall  I  beipu, 
how  shall  I  ti'll  her?  OhI  Miss  Fitzalon,"  bo  continued,  appmncliing 
her,  "I  have  mncb  to  say,  and  you  have  much  to  bear,  which  will 
ebock  you ;  1  behoved  I  could  bettor  in  an  interview  have  informed 
yon  of  particulars,  but  I  find  I  was  mistaken.    1  will  write  to  you." 

"  My  lord,"  cried  Amanda,  rising,  all  pale  and  trembling,  "  tdl  m» 
now;  to  leave  me  in  snspense,  aftor  receiving  such  droadl'u)  hints, 
would  be  cruelty.  OhI  surely,  if  Lord  Mortimer  b«  safe;  if  Lady 
Martha  Dormer,  if  Lady  Arominta  is  well,  I  can  hare  nothing  so  varj 
Hbocfcing  to  hedr." 

"Alas!"  replied  lie,  monmfully  shaking  bis  head,  "yon  are  TDts- 
taken.  Be  satisGed,  however,  that  the  friends  you  have  mentioned 
are  all  well.  I  have  said  I  wonld  writo  to  you.  Can  yon  meet  roa 
this  eroning  amongst  the  minsi''  Amnnda  gave  an  assenting  how. 
**!  shall  then,"  pnrsnctl  he,  "have  a  letter  ready  lo  deliver  you.  In  th« 
mean  lime,  1  mini  inform  yon,  uo  poi-son  in  tin-  world  Liiows  of  my 


CHIUOREll      or     THE      ABBGT.  8B7 

VlBJt  liero  but  joureell^  and,  of  aJl  beings,  Txird  Mortimer  U  the  last  I 
sboulU  wish  to  know  il.  RomeTober,  then,  Miiss  Fitinlan,"  taking 
her  bnnd,  which  he  grasped  with  violenc-e,  as  if  to  impress  his  words 
Upon  her  heart,  "  remember,  that  on  aecreey  erery  thing  most  estima- 
ble in  life,  even  life  itself,  perhaps,  depends." 

With  tlie«e  dreadftil  and  nijsterions  words  he  departed,  leaving 
Amanda  a  pictnre  of  horror  and  siirjiriae ;  it  was  many  minutes  era 
■he  movetl  from  the  attitude  in  which  he  ]eft  her,  and  when  ahe  did, 
il  was  only  to  walk  in  a  disordered  manner  about  tlie  room,  repeating 
bis  droadfnl  words.  He  was  come  perhaps  to  part  her  and  Lord  Mor- 
timer ;  and  yet,  after  eonsenling  to  their  union,  surely  Lord  Uherbnry 
coidd  not  be  guilty  of  such  treachery  and  deceit.  Yet,  if  thia  were 
not  the  case,  why  conceal  his  coming  to  Ireland  ih>in  Lord  Morti- 
mer! Why  let  it  be  known  only  to  hert  And  what  conld  be  th« 
■ecreta  of  dreadfnl  import  he  had  to  coinmunical«  t 
-.  From  these  self-interrogations,  in  which  her  reason  was  almost 
bewildered,  the  entrance  of  Uie  prioress  drew  her. 

She  started  at  seeing  the  pale  and  distracted  loots  of  Amanda,  and 
asked  "  iJ'  she  had  heard  any  bad  tidings  of  Lord  Mortimer." 

Amanda  aighed  heavily  at  this  qnestion,  and  said,  "  No."  Ths 
Becreoy  she  had  been  enjoined  .ihe  durst  not  violate  by  mentioning 
the  myslerioua  visit  to  her  friend.  Unable,  however,  to  converse  on 
any  other  subject,  she  resolved  to  retire  to  tier  chamber.  She  placed 
her  illness  and  agitation  to  the  account  of  Lord  Mortimer,  and  scud  a 
little  rest  was  absolutely  necessary  for  her,  and  begged,  if  his  lordship 
came  in  the  conrae  of  the  evening,  be  miglit  l>o  told  she  was  too  ill  to 
aeo  him. 

Tliey  then  pressed  her  to  stay  for  te.1.  She  refused,  and,  as  ahe 
retired  from  the  room,  desired  notliing  might  be  said  of  the  peraon 
who  bad  just  seen  her,  to  Lord  Mortimer;  saying  with  a  faint  smile, 
■^she  would  not  make  him  vain,  by  letting  him  know  of  her  anxiety 
About  him."  She  retired  to  her  chamber,  and  endeavoured  to  con- 
trol her  pertnrbatioDS,  that  she  might  be  the  l>etter  enabled  to  sup- 
port what  abe  had  so  macfa  reason  to  apprehend.  Kcither  the  prior- 
nor  the  nuns,  in  obedience  to  her  i^jonetions,  intruded  upon  her, 
1,  at  the  appointed  hour,  she  softly  opened  the  chamber  door,  and. 
'   every  place  Wtng  clear,  stole  aofily  from  the  convent. 

She  fc'ind  Lord  Cherbury  waiting  fur  her  luuidiit  the ■'jlltary  rums 


t 


cHiLDRsa    or 


a  his  hand,  whicli  be  preteDted  to  her  Uie 


«e 


He  hw!  a  letter 
■lie  a)i] -eared. 

"  III  this  len«r,  Miss  FiUalan,"  enid  he,  "  I  h^ve  opened  lo  jcn  iny 
wliole  Iiearti  I  have  disburthenut)  it  of  eetireU  whivh  have  loo^ 
op|iressed  it;  I  have  entrusted  mj  honour  to  jour  care.  From  what 
I  have  said,  that  ita  Mioteatt  are  of  a  Mcred  aatnre,  yun  may  beliere ; 
ahould  tliey  bu  OMiaidered  in  an;  uther  light  b;  jou,  tlie  oonseiiuencM 
may,  nay  uiust  1>e  fatal." — He  said  this  with 
Amanda  shrink.  "Ifeditate  well  on  the  coutentB  of  that  leller, 
Misa  Fitzalan,"  continned  be,  in  a  voice  of  deep  aoleranity,  "for  it  it 
a  letter  which  will  fix  jour  destinj  aiid  mine;  even  should  the 
reaaest  oontained  in  it  be  refused,  let  me  be  Ihefirat  ooijuainted  with 
the  refusal ;  then,  indoad,  I  shall  urge  yon  no  more  to  secrecy,  for 
what  will  follow,  in  coD»eqncnce  of  suuh  a  refbaal,  mnst  divulge  all.'' 

"  Oh  !  tell  me,  tell  me,"  said  Amanda,  catohing  bold  of  his  ann, 
"TtJl  me  what  is  the  request,  or  wliat  it  is  1  am  to  fear:  Ob!  t«ll  me 
at  once,  and  rid  me  of  the  tortarliig  suspense  I  endnre." 

"  I  cannot,"  he  cried,  "  indeed  1  oaauot.  To-morrow  night  I  ahall 
eipect  your  answer  here  at  the  same  bom'." 

At  this  moment  Lord  Mortimer's  voice  calling  npon  Amanda  waa 
beard.  Lord  Chcrbury  dropped  her  hand  wliicb  he  had  tokeo  and 
iostAOtly  retired  amongst  the  windings  of  the  pile,  from  whence  Lord 
Uorlimer  soon  ^ipeared,  giving  Amanda  only  time  to  hide  the  fata] 
letter. 

"Good  heaven  I"  exclaimed  he,  "what  coold  have  brotigbt  7011 
hither,  and  who  was  the  person  who  just  departed  from  yon  f"  It  ww 
well  for  Amnnda  that  the  twiliglit  gave  but  an  imperfect  view  of  ha 
tace;  she  felt  her  colour  come  and  go;  a  cold  dew  overspread  her 
forehead;  she  leaned  against  a  rude  fragment  of  the  building,  and 
iWntly  eiclaimed,  "  the  person — ^" 

"Yes,"  said  Lord  Mortimer,  "I  am  sure  I  heard  retreating  foot- 

sps." 

"  Ton  ore  mistaken,"  repeated  Amanda  in  the  same  faint  aooeot. 

"Well,"  said  he,  "thongb  you  may  dispute  llie  evidemw  of  my 
ears,  yon  rannot  the  evidence  of  my  eyes ;  I  see  yon  here,  and  atD 
astonished  at  it." 

'  I  came  here  for  air,"  uid  Amanda. 

'  For  air,"  repeated  Lflid  Mortimer,  "  I  own,  I  »hoald  have  tnoDf(fii 


CHILD  II  BS      or      IHK      ABBBT.  899 

flie  garden  better  ndnpleil  for  sueb  a  purpose ;  but  why  some  liitfaer 
in  a  ckniiestine  niannar!  Why,  if  yon  huve  fears  yon  wcrald  per- 
BUBde  me  yoa  have,  expose  joarself  to  dnuger  from  tbe  wretch  who 
b&unts  ttie  place,  by  comiog  here  alone  Wlien  I  wont  to  tlie  con- 
vent, I  was  told  yon  were  Indispose^  and  coidd  not  be  disturbed :  I 
oonld  not  depart,  liowever,  witliout  mftking  an  eflbrt  to  see  you ;  but 
you  can  easier  imagine  than  I  describe  the  consternation  I  felt  when 
yon  could  not  be  found.  It  was  wrong;  indeed,  AmaDda,  it  waa 
wrong  to  ooniB  here  alone,  and  aflfect  ooncealment." 

"  Gracious  heaven  !"  eaid  Amanda,  raising  her  hands  Ba<)  eyes,  and 
bursting  into  tears,  "  bow  wretched  am  I !" 

"  She  WIS,  indeed,  at  thia  moment  superlatively  wretched.  He* 
Leart  waa  oppressed  by  the  dread  of  evil,  and  she  perceived  auspi- 
cions  in  Lord  Mortimer  which  she  conld  not  attempt  to  remove,  lest 
%u  intimation  of  tbe  secret  she  woa  m  awftiUy  enjoined  to  keep 
should  escape. 

"  Ah !  Amanda,"  said  Lord  Mortimer,  losing  in  a  moment  the 
aspenty  with  which  he  had  addreased  her  at  finst;  "aht  Amanda, 
like  the  rest  of^-our  ser,  you  know  too  well  tlie  power  of  yonr  tean 
not  to  nse  them.  Forget,  or  at  least  forgive,  all  I  have  said.  T  was 
disappointed  in  not  seeing  you  the  moment  1  espeoted,  and  that  put 
Die  out  of  temper.  I  know  I  am  too  impetuotis,  bnt  you  will  in  time 
mbdne  every  unruly  passion ;  I  pat  mysalf  into  yoor  hands,  and  yon 
shall  make  me  what  yon  please." 

He  DOW  prcaaed  her  to  hts  boaoni,  and  finding  her  trembling 

nniversally,  again  implored  her  forgireneas,  as  he  imputed  (be  agitft- 

tloD  she  betrayed  entirely  to  the  nneasiness  he  had  given  her.     She 

I  Usnred  him,  with  a  (altering  voice,  he  had  not  offended  her.    Her 

•pirila  were  affected,  sbe  Haid,  by  all  ahe  had  suffered  daring  the  day; 

Lord  Mortimer  placing,  as  she  wished,  those  sutftrings  to  his  own 

L  iecoant,  declared  her  anxiety  At  once  pained  and  pleased  him,  adding 

L  he  would  trnly  confesa  what  detained  him  th>m  her  daring  the  day, 

Boon  UA  they  returned  to  the  convent. 

Their  return  to  it  relieved  the  aIst«rbood,  who  had  also  been  »eek- 

!  Amanda,  from  many  apprehensions,  Tlie  prioress  and  sister 
[  Mary  followed  them  into  the  parlour,  where  I»ru  Mortimer  be^nfed 
v  ttiey  would  have  compassion  on  biin,  and  give  him  something  for  b'l 
r,  •«  he  had  seareely  eaten  anrthing  for  the  whole  day. 


400  ClItLDRRN      or      TUB      ADDBT. 

&Ut«r  Mary  inataatlj  replied,  "He  would  be  gratified,  and,  H 
Aman<Ia  was  in  the  name  predion  me  at,  hIis  tiopcd  he  wmild  now  ba 
■hie  to  prevail  on  her  to  eat."  The  cloth  was  acconlingly  laid,  and  K 
few  trifles  placed  upon  it.  Sister  Mary  would  gUilly  hava  staid,  bot 
tlje  prioresa  had  understanding  enough  to  tliiuk  the  supper  would  b> 
more  palatable  if  the;  were  absent,  and  Bccordiuglf  retired. 

I-ord  Mortimer  now,  wlli  the  moat  sootliing  tenderness,  tried  to 
(ilieer  his  loir  companion,  and  make  her  take  some  refreshmeut ;  but 
his  efforts  for  either  of  these  purposes  were  ansucceesfiil,  and  sIm 
besonglit  liira  not  to  tliink  her  obstinate,  if  she  could  not  in  a  moment 
recover  Iier  spirita.  To  divert  his  attention  a  little  from  hereeU^  sli* 
asked  him  to  perform  his  promise  by  relating  what  kept  luin  th* 
whole  da;  from  St.  CatJiarine'e. 

He  now  acknowledged  he  hod  been  in  soaroh  of  Bolgrave ;  but  the 
prccantions  he  had  taken  to  conceal  himself  baffled  all  inqniriwi 
"which  convinces  me,"  continued  Lord  Mortimer — "if  I  wonted 
conviction  about  such  a  matter,  that  lie  bai  not  yet  dropped  bis  vil- 
laiuons  designs  upon  you.  Bnt  th«  wretch  cannot  always  escape  tli* 
vengeance  be  merite."  ^ 

"May  he  never,"  cried  Amanda,  fervently,  yet  involuntiirily, 
"meet  it  tram  yoarhandsl" 

"  We  will  drop  that  part  of  the  Bulyect,"  said  Lord  Mortimer,  "  if 
you  please.  Ton  mast  know,"  continued  he,  "after  scouring  the 
whole  neigbboorhood,  I  fell  in,  about  four  miles  hence,  with  a  genlJc- 
man,  who  had  vi^ted  at  the  Marquis  of  Hnsline'a  lost  eutnmer.  He 
immediately  asked  me  to  accompany  him  home  to  dinner.  From  hit 
residence  in  the  country,  I  thought  it  probable  he  might  be  able  to 
give  some  account  of  Belgrsve,  and  therefore  accepted  tlie  invitation; 
but  my  inquiriea  were  as  frnitless  here  as  elsewhere.  When  I  found 
it  BO,  I  was  on  thorns  to  depart,  particnlarly  oa  aii  the  gentlemen 
were  set  in  for  drinking,  and  I  feared  I  might  lie  thrown  into  an 
improper  situation  lo  visit  my  Amanda.  1  was  on  the  watch,  how< 
ever;  and,  to  use  their  sportiTO  term,  Utorall;  stole  away." 

"Tliank  Henveu!"  said  Amanda,  "your inquiries  proved  fmUJens. 
Oh  I  never,  never  repeat  them;  tliinlc  no  more  about  a  wretch  m 
despicable." 

"  Well,"  cried  I^rd  Mortimer,  "  why  don't  yon  hurry  mo  from  the 
liiiighbourh')"d I    Fix  Uie  day,  the  moment  for  our  departare:  '.  have 


OHiLOHaN    or    TUH    Aesur.  401 

Men  here  already  fire  diya  ;  Liidj  Martha's  pntienoe  is,  I  dare  say, 
fjuite  enhausWd  by  this  time,  and,  should  we  ddiiy  much  longer,  1 
mpiicise  she  will  think  we  have  both  bceoine  convurts  to  the  liuly 
I'ileM  of  thi9  oonvent,  and  that  I,  ioatead  of  taking  die  vows  which 
tihould  make  ine  a  Joyful  bridegroom,  am  about  taking  thi«e  whidi 
*hall  doom  me  to  celibacy ;  seriously,  wliat  bat  want  of  inclination 
con  longer  detain  you?" 

"  Ah !"  said  Amanda,  "  yoa  know  too  wall  that  my  departure  can- 
not be  retarded  by  want  of  inclination." 

"  Then  why  not  decide  immediately  npon  the  day?"  Amanda  was 
Bileat;  her  sitaation  was  agonizing;  how  could  sho  fix  npon  a  day, 
uncertain  whether  she  did  not  possess  a  letter  which  would  prevent 
her  ever  taking  the  projected  journey  t 

"  Well,"  said  Lord  Mortimer,  after  allowing  her  some  time  to 
Hpcak,  "I  see  I  most  fix  tlie  day  myself:  this  is  Tuesday — let  it  be 
Thursday." 

"Let  US  drop  the  snhject  this  night,  my  lord,"  said  Amanda; 
"  I  am  really  ill,  and  only  w^t  for  yoar  departore  to  retire  to  rest." 

Lord  Mnrtime*  obeyed  her,  but  with  rcluctanue,  and  soon  after 
nttred. 


CHAPTER    XLI- 


Td  brwk  hi*  dtmUuI  fk 


Lttoherchamber  the  moment  Lord  Mortimer  departed; 

9  were  already  retired  to  rest,  so  tliat  tlie  stillness  which 

I  Migned  throngh  the  house  added  to  the  awfblness  of  her  feelings,  aa 

Ijdw  sat  down   to   peruse  a  letter  which  she  had  been  previously 

1  informed  would  6x  her  fate. 


"  To  destroy  a  prospect  of  fell clly,  at  tlie  vorj  moment 
-re  dispened,  is  indeed  lie  lonrce  at  pangs  n 


\ot  (Tuch  ftra  tlie  liotrors  of  my  OcBtiny,  thnl  nothing  but  iatcrrcoltig 
iieiween  jon,  Mortimer,  and  bappiuoss,  cod  save  tiie  from  perdition  1 
Appalled  at  tliia  dreadful  BESertiuii,  the  letter  drops  t'rom  vonr  trem- 
bling lianda ;  but,  oti  I  dear  Miss  Fitzalan,  oast  it  not  utterlj  aside  till 
■yon  pemse  the  rest  of  tlie  contents,  and  fijt  the  destiny  of  the  mott 
tri-etched  of  mankind,  wretched  iu  thinking  he  "liall  Jnlermpt 
Dot  only  your  peace,  bat  the  peace  of  a  son,  so  noble,  so  gtvdoiki, 
BO  idolised  as  Mortimer  is  by  him.  But  1  will  no  lotiL'er  turtnre  yonr 
feelings  by  keeping  voii  iji  8ns[>ease;  tlie  preface  1  hove  already 
given  is  siiflieient,  ana  I  will  bo  explicit;  (pimbling,  that  bone  of  fluna 
and  fiirtune,  has  been  my  ruin ;  but  whilst  I  indulged,  so  well  did  I 
conceal  my  priii>cnsity  for  it,  that  even  those  I  culled  my  fiienA 
are  ignorant  of  it.  With  shame  I  confess,  I  was  ever  foremost  to 
rail  agtunst  this  vice,  whieh  was  continually  drawing  snnia  in  seeral 
from  me,  that  would  have  given  comfort  and  afflneuce  to  many  A 
child  of  want.  For  some  time  my  good  and  bod  fortnoe  were  M 
equal,  that  my  income  sulfeivd  no  oonsidurable  diminution.  Abont 
five  years  ago,  a  Mr.  Freelove,  a  particular  friend  of  mine  dieil,  and 
left  to  my  care  liis  "only  son,  who,  I  dare  say,  yon  may  rocullert 
having  lieen  at  my  hoiue  last  winter :  tliin  young  man's  property  wu 
consigned  to  ray  care  to  manage  ns  much  fur  his  advantage  us  I  cotdd; 
it  consisted  of  a  large-estate  andfilly  thousand  iionndii,  At  the  period 
Freelove  became  my  ward,  I  had  liad  a  constant  run  of  ill  lack  tix 
many  months.  The  ardour  of  gaming  (anhke  every  other  pasMOn^  is 
rather  increased  than  diminished  by  djsap[>ointinent.  Withont  beinc 
warned  therefore  by  ill  success,  I  still  went  on,  till  all  I  cunid  touoE 
of  my  own  property  was  gone.  Did  I  tlien  retire  ashamed  of  my 
folly!  No;  I  could  not  bear  to  do  so,  without  another  effort  for 
recovering  my  losses,  and  in  that  enort  risked  something  motv 
precious  than  I  had  ever  yet  don&  namely,  my  honour,  by  nsing  the 
money  which  lay  in  my  hands  belonging  to  Freelove.  The  lonf 
period  which  was  to  elapse  ei-e  he  cnmo  ot  age,  emboldened  me  to 
this.  Ere  that  period  I  tnwted  I  should  have  retrieved  my  loaaea, 
and  be  enabled  not  only  to  discliarge  the  princi[>al,  bnt  wbatfiver 
interest  it  would  have  bronghl,  if  applied  to  another  purpose,  I 
followed  the  bent  of  my  evil  genino,  suTn  after  snm  was  token  np,  and 
all  alike  buried  in  the  accursed  vortex  which  had  already  swallowed  so 
much  from  me.  But  when  I  found  all  was  gone,  oh,  iih/a  Fitialan  I 
I  Htill  tremble  at  the  distraction  of  that  moment. 

"  All,  as  I  have  said  before,  tliut  I  ooold  touch  of  property  WH 
gone;  the  remainder  was  so  settled  I  bed  no  power  over  it,  excwt 
Joined  bv  my  son.  Great  as  was  the  injury  he  would  sastain  hr 
mortgaging  It,  1  was  confident  he  never  would  hesitate  doing  so  If 
acquainted  with  my  distress;  but  to  let  him  know  it  was  worse  t^aa 
a  death  of  torture  could  bs  to  me ;  his  early  excellence,  the  noblcne^ 
tif  his  principles,  minslcd  in  the  love  I  felt  for  him  a  dc)n'E<e  of  awe ; 
to  confess  myaolf  a  villun  to  such  a  character,  to  acknoivlodge  iny  li^ 
hnd  been  a  xrene  of  deceit;  to  beabn.'diod,  confoimded  in  the  preeenc* 
of  my  son,  to  meet  his  piercing  eye,  to  see  the  blush  of  sliaine  maclM 


OHILDKBH      OF      ma      ABBKr.  403 

hia  oheelcR,  for  Lis  father's  criniea — oh  horrible — most  horriblel  I 
ravt:<l  at  tlio  itleii,  and  rewilved  if  driven  hy  oeocssity  to  t«ll  Liin  of 
nij  hnseae^  not  to  survive  Che  confiMKioD.  At  tliiB  critioal  junulare, 
d(0  Marquis  of  Roaline  came  from  Scotland,  to  reside  in  London ;  an 
iniiTFifloy  which  had  been  dormant  for  years,  between  our  families 
waii  then  revived ;  aod  I  eooa  found  that  an  ollianoe  between  them 
wnnlU  be  pleasing.  TLe  prospect  of  it  rased  ine  from  tlie  very  depth 
of  deejtur;  but  [uj  transports  were  of  short  continuance  for  Mortimer 
iiot  only  showed,  bat.  expressed  the  strongest  repugnance  to  such  a 
cuniiuxlou. 

"  Time  and  daily  experience,  1  trusted,  would  so  forcibly  convinoe 
hini  of  the  advantages  uf  It,  as  at  last  to  oonoaer  this  ropagnauce : 
ni>r  did  the  hope  of  an  oiiiaoce  taking  place  entirely  forsake  my  heart, 
till  informed  be  waa  already  bestowed  upon  another  object.  My 
leelinfct  at  this  information  1  shall  not  attempt  to  describe :  all  hope 
of  paving  myself  from  dishonour  was  bow  cnt  off;  for  tliongb  dntiful 
aticl  attentive  to  me  in  the  higheiit  degree,  I  could  not  Hatter  myself 
that  Mortimer  would  blindly  sacrifice  his  reason  and  iucltnation  to 
in^  will.  The  most  fatal  intentions  again  ;ook  possession  of  my 
mind,  but  the  nncertaiotlM  be  suffered  on  your  account  kept  me  ic 
Imrrible  suspense  as  to  their  execution ;  alter  some  months  of  torture, 
1  bcpan  again  to  reviye,  by  learning  that  you  and  Mortimer  were 
mevitiibly  separated;  and  such  is  the  sclfish  nature  of  vice,  so  aban- 
doned is  it  to  all  feelings  of  humanity,  ttat  I  rather  rejoiced  at,  than 
lamented  the  supposed  disgrace  of  tbe  danghter  of  my  friend. 

"But  tbe  persevering  ooc^tAncy  of  Mortnner,  rather,  let  me  say, 
tlie  immediate  interposition  of  ProvldetiCt,  soon  gave  her  reason  to 
rriiimjjb  over  the  arts  of  her  enemies,  and  I  was  again  reduced  to 
despair.  Mortimer,  I  dare  say,  &om  motives  of  delicacy,  has  oon- 
ceajod  from  you  the  opposition  I  gave  to  bis  wishes,  after  your  inno- 
cence was  cleared,  and  the  intentions  of  I*dy  Martha  Dormer,  relative 
to  yon,  were  made  known;  at  last  I  found  I  must  either  seem  to 
ncqtiiesce  in  these  wishes  imd  intentions,  or  divnlge  niy  real  motive 
for  opposing  tlieni:  or  else  quarrel  with  my  son  and  sister,  and  appeal" 
in  tlieir  eyes,  tbe  most  Kltiab  of  hnman  beings;  I,  therefore,  to 
ai>[iearance,  acquiesced,  but  resolved  in  reality  to  throw  myself  Dpon 
vour  mercy;  believing  that  a  character  so  tender,  «o  perieet,  so  heroio- 
iike,  a«  yours  boa  been,  through  every  scene  of  distress,  would  have 
coijipas^ion  on  a  fallen  fellow -creature. — Was  iny  situation  otherwise 
tlian  it  now  is,  were  you  even  portionleas,  I  should  rejoice  at  having 
YOU  united  to  iny  family,  from  your  own  intrinsic  merit.  Situated  as 
I  am,  the  fortune  Lady  Martha  Dormer  proposes  giving  yon,  can  be 
vfI  no  con»e<;ueB06  to  me;  the  projected  matdi  between  yon  and  Mor- 
limer  is  yet  a  secret  from  tbe  pnblic,  of  course  it  bas  not  lessened  his 
interest  with  tbe  RosUne  family.  I  have  been  ali'eady  so  fortunate  as 
Id  a4li>at  tlia  nnlucky  difference  wbieh  took  place  between  them,  and 
.-emove  any  resentment  ihev  entertained  against  hiin,  and  I  urn 
eoiilidenl  the  first  overture  tie  should  make  for  a  nnion  with  l^dy 
Enpbraaia  wonid  be  succGasfnl.    The  fortune  which  wonld  tnmediab^ 


I 


That  Lord  Mortimer  wo olil  impute  withdrawing  herself  Auiu  Us 
to  on  atWchmeot  for  Bolgrave  slie  waa  convinced  ;  aiid  tliat  her  famtif 
Bd  wull  as  peace  should  be  foorificed  to  Ixird  Cherbary,  caused  such  % 
whirl  of  coateoding  passions  in  her  mind,  that  reason  and  reQc>ctio« 
for  a  few  minutea  yielded  lo  their  violence,  and  she  resolved  to  vindt 
cate  ber8<:lfto  Lord  Mortimer.  Thia  rcaolution,  however,  wan  of 
short  ooDtinnanoe;  as  her  sabaiding  passions  again  gave  her  power 
to  reflect,  she  was  convinced  that  b;  trying  to  clear  herself  uf  a^ 
iniai^nary  crime  she  shonld  commit  a  real  one,  since  to  save  her  owti, 
character.  Lord  Cherhnry'a  ninst  l>e  stigmatized,  and  the  eonseqnwnoij 
of  such  an  act  he  iiad  already  declared,  eo  that  not  only  by  the  wurld 
but  by  her  own  conscience,  she  should  forever  he  accusej  uf  acoetlerr 
ating  his  death. 

"  It  must,  it  mast  be  made,"  she  wildly  cried,  "  the  sacrifice  moidi 
be  made,  and  Mortiiner  is  lost  to  me  forever."  She  flung  Iier^ 
self  on  tlie  bed,  and  passed  the  hours  till  morning  in  agonies  too  gresi 
for  description.  From  a  kind  of  stupefaction  rather  than  sleep,  inttf 
which  she  had  gradually  sunk  towards  morning,  she  was  aroused  by  s 
gentle  tap  at  tlie  clianiber  door,  and  the  voice  of  sister  Mary  iofumi«4 
her  that  Lord  Mortimer  was  below,  and  impatient  for  his  hreikfut. 

Amanda  stArled  from  tlie  bed,  and  hid  her  tell  his  lordshtp  sb*'- 
would  attend  him  immediately.  She  Uicn adjusted  ber  droas,  iried  ttf' 
calm  her  spirits,  and,  with  uplifted  hands  and  eyes,  besought  beareii' 
to  fupport  her  tlirongh  the  trials  of  the  day. 

Weak  wid  trembling  she  descended  to  the  parlour. — ' 
she  entered  it,  Lord  Mortimer,  shocked  and  surprised  by  her  alterea 
looks,  exclaimed,  "Oracions  heaven!  what  is  the  matter F"  Then* 
feeling  tlie  feverish  heat  of  her  hands,  continued,  "Why,  why, 
Amanda,  had  yon  the  ornelty  to  conceal  your  illness!  Proper  oi 
tance  might  have  prevented  its  increasing  to  snch  a  degree."  With 
Duutterable  tendemcHS  he  folded  his  arms  abont  her,  and  while  hee ; 
drooping  head  snnk  on  his  bosom,  declared  he  would  imniediBtely' 
send  for  the  physician  who  had  before  atiendod  her. 

"Do  not,"  said  Amanda,  while  tears  trickled  down  her  cheeks.' 
"Do  not,"  continued  she,  in  a  broken  voice,  "for  he  could  do  m 
good." 

"  No  good,"  repeated  Lord  Mortimer,  in  a  terrified  accent. 

"  I  mean,"  crie*!  she,  recollenting  herself,  "  he  would  find  it  Qi 


ocBs&tr  to  prescribe  Anything  fur  me,  as  luf  illness  only  pniceeds  bom 
the  ii^ilalioD  1  sufierud  yeaterilay;  it  made  loe  paiiii  an  iuditlereiil 
a'.i,ui,  but  quietness  Uwiay  will  recover  me." 

Lcird  Mortimer  was  with  difficulty  persuaded  to  give  up  his  Inten- 
tiou,  nur  would  ho  relinquish  it  till  ihn  bad  promised,  il'  not  better 
bcl'oro  ibe  ovimiug,  to  inform  him,  SiUd  let  the  pUysician  be  sent  for. 

Thoy  ni)W  sat  down  tu  breukl'ast,  at  nhicb  Amanda  was  nuable 
either  to  preside  or  eat.  When  over,  sba  told  Lord  Mortimer  she 
innst  rutjre  to  ber  cbiuuber,  us  rest  was  essential  for  her;  but 
between  nine  and  ten  in  Ibe  evening  she  would  be  happy  to  see  liim. 
He  tried  tu  persuade  ber  ttiat  she  might  rest  as  well  upon  Uie  sofa  in 
the  parlour  as  in  ber  cliainber,  and  that  be  might  then  be  allowed  to 
sit  wilh  her:  but  abe  could  not  be  peraoaded  to  this,  she  said,  and 
begged  be  would  excuse  seeing  her  till  the  time  she  bad  already 
mentioned. 

lie  at  last  retired  with  great  reluctance,  hut  not  till  she  had  several 
Uuies  desired  him  tu  do  eo. 

AniHiidu  now  repaired  to  her  chamber,  but  not  to  indulge  in  the 
Hiipinaness  of  grief,  lliough  her  heart  I'eit  bursting,  but  to  settle  upon 
some  plan  for  lior  futura  conduct.  In  the  tirst  place,  she  meant 
immediately  to  write  to  Lord  L'bei'bury,  as  tlie  best  method  she  coiild 
lake  of  acquainting  him  with  her  compliance,  and  preventing  any 
couvorsation  botwt-t-n  them,  which  would  now  have  been  insnpport- 
alile  to  ber. 

In  the  next  place  she  designed  acquainting  the  prioress  with  the 
snddoD  alteration  in  her  affairs,  only  concealiug  (rom  her  the  occasion 
of  that  alteration,  and,  as  but  one  day  intervened  between  the  present 
and  the  one  filed  for  her  joamej,  meant  to  beseech  ber  to  tliink  of 
some  place  to  which  aha  might  retire  Irora  Lord  Mortimer. 

Vet  soich  was  the  opinion  she  knew  the  prioress  entertained  of 
Lord  Mui'tiiner,  that  she  almost  dreaded  she  would  impute  her  rteig- 
nalion  of  iiiiu  to  some  oriminal  motive,  and  abandon  her  entirely.  If 
this  slionld  he  the  cnse  (and  scarcely  could  she  be  surpriiied  if  it  was) 
she  retulved,  without  delay,  to  go  privately  to  the  neighbouring 
town,  and  from  thenco  proceed  immediately  to  Dublin:  bow  abe 
ehoiild  act  there,  or  what  would  become  of  her,  never  entered  he." 
tbout'his;  they  were  wholly  engrossed  about  the  mar.niir  in  which 
she  should  lenve  St.  Oatharine's. 


I 


ibS  CHILDBBHOrTHIABBgr. 

But  aDe  hoped,  mucli  as  appearances  were  aKHiitst  her, 
not  b«  deserted  by  tlie  prioress.  Providence,  she  trnsted,  wo'Jd  bl 
so  compassionate  to  ber  misery,  as  to  preserve  her  tfais  one  fHen^ 
trho  ctitild  Dot  only  asdet  but  advise  her. 

As  soon  as  she  had  settled  tbe  line  of  condnct  slie  should  panooj 
ehe  sat  down  to  pen  her  reniinciation  of  Ixird  Mortimer,  which  ibv 
did  in  the  followiDg  words : 

"to  tbb  kasi.  oe  cmbkbtdit. 

"To  your  wishes  I  resiga  my  happineai;  niy  liapfiiness,  I  miinl^ 
for  it  ia  due  to  Lord  UorUmer  to  declare,  that  a  aoion  with  aa<^)  a 
character  as  his  must  have  prodaced  tlie  highest  fulicitj;  it  ia  alsq 
due  to  my  own  to  declare,  tIJat  it  was  neitlier  his  rauli  nor  fortaat^ 
bnt  his  rirtneSj  which  inflaeaced  my  inclination  in  his  livonr. 

"Ilappy  bad  it  beeo  tiir  ds  all,  toy  lord,  but  particularly  for  ra^ 
Iiad  vou  continued  steady  in  oppoaing  the  wislics  uf  your  ton,  H|. 
e  for  paternal  authority  is  too  great  ever  to  hare  alluwed  dk 
1  opposition  to  it.  I  should  not  then,  by  your  e«einiD| 
'Dce  to  them,  have  been  tempted  to  think  my  trials  all  oveK 
"  But  I  will  QoE  do  away  with  ftny  httle  merit  your  lordship  maf  peN 
hapfi  ascribe  to  my  immediate  compliaQce  with  your  re>]U eat,  bydweUiiu|| 
upon  the  fiuffijrings  it  entails  upon  me.  May  t!ie  reuimciaiinn  of  my 
hopM  be  the  nfieaoa  of  realizing  your  lordship's,  and  may  soptrio^ 
fortune  bring  euperiur  hoppiuees  to  Lord  Uortimerl  ■ 

"1  thank  your  lordship  for  your  inteutions  relative  to  me:  but 
whilst  I  do  so,  must  assure  you,  both  now  and  forever,  I  shall  deeUnf 
having  them  executed  for  me. 

"I  ahstl  not  disguise  the  truth;  it  would  not  be  in  your  lordship^ 
power  to  recompense  the  sacrifice  I  Lave  made  you,  and  bea)d«% 
pocuDiiry  obligations  can  never  sit  easy  upon  a  feeling  mind,  eXMp^ 
they  are  conferred  by  those  we  know  value  os,  and  whom  we  valiM 
ODMclves. 

"]  have  the  honour  to  be, 

"Tour  Iord:ihip's  obedient  servant, 
"  AuAiiDA  F]TU.Laja," 

Tb«  tears  she  had  with  difficulty  restr^ned  while  fhe  was  writing 
now  burst  forth.  She  rose,  and  walked  to  the  window  to  try  if  tba 
air  would  remove  the  funtishnesa  which  oppressed  her;  boia  it  ah« 
perceived  Lord  Uurtimer  and  the  pr-loress  in  deep  conversation  at  ■ 
little  distance  fl-om  the  convent:  she  conjectured  she  waa  thdr 
■Direct,  for,  as  Lord  Mortimer  retired,  the  prioress,  whom  sh*  had 
not  wu)  that  day  before,  came  into  her  chamber.    After  the  mnM 


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SiilDUtiom — "Lord  Uonimcr  Las  been  Ulling  ma  joii  were  ill,"  gaiiI 
she:  "I  tniaCed  a  lover's  fuurs  liail  ma^&ed  the  danger:  but  trnly, 
mj  dear  cbild,  I  am  sorry  to  say  this  is  not  the  case;  tell  me,  mj 
dear,  what  ia  tbe  matter!  Sorely  now,  more  than  ever,  you  sliould 
be  careful  of  your  health." 

"Oh I  DO,"  said  Ainanda,  with  a  convnl=ire  sob — "oh!  no," 
wringing  her  liandis  "you  are  sadly  mistaken."  The  prioress  grew 
alarmed,  Iilt  liiubs  began  to  tremble,  she  was  anable  to  stand,  and 
dropping  on  the  nearest  choir,  besought  Amanda,  in  a  voice  ciprcssWe 
of  her  feelings,  to  explain  the  reason  of  her  distress. 

Amanda  knelt  before  her ;  she  took  her  hands,  slie  pressed  tliem  to 
l;er  burning  forehead  and  lips,  and  bedewed  them  with  her  tears, 
whilst  she  eicltumed  she  was  wretdied. 

"  Wretchedl"  repeated  the  prioress ;  "  for  heaven's  aako  be  explicit, 
keep  ine  no  longer  in  BUfipense:  you  sickei:,  my  very  liearti  by  your 
agitation  it  foretells  something  dreadful  I" 

"It  does  indeed,"  said  Amanda:  "it  foretells  tliat  Lord  Mortimer 
and  1  will  never  be  anitedl" 

Theprioreas  started,  andsnrvejed  Amanda  with  alook  which  seemed 
to  say,  "sliu  believed  she  liad  lost  her  senses;"  then,  with  assumed 
composure,  begged  '"  alio  would  defer  any  fnrtlier  esplnnation  of  her 
distresa  till  her  spirits  wore  in  a  calmer  state." 

"I  will  not  rise,"  cried  Amanda,  taking  the  prioress's  hand,  which 
in  her  surprise,  she  hod  involuntarily  withdrawn — "  I  will  not  rise 
till  you  say,  thai,  notwithstanding  the  mysterious  situation  in  which 
I  Am  involved,  you  will  continue  to  be  my  friend.  Ohl  such  an 
assurance  would  assuage  tlie  sorrows  of  my  heart" 

The  prioress  now  perceived  that  it  was  grief  alone  which  disordei'ed 
Amanda ;  but  how  elie  had  met  with  any  cause  for  grief,  or  what  could 
occasion  it,  were  matters  of  astonishment  to  her.  "Surely,  my  dear 
child,"  cried  she,  "yon  should  know  me  too  well  to  desire  Eoch  on 
assurance :  bnt  however  mysterious  her  situation  may  appear  to 
others,  she  will  not,  I  trust  and  believe,  let  it  appear  so  to  mo.  I 
wait  witli  impatience  for  on  explanation." 

"  It  is  one  of  my  greatest  borrows,"  exclaimed  Amanda,  "  that  I 

cannot  give  snuh  an  explanation :    no,  no,"  she  continned,  iu  an 

cgony,  "a  death-bed  confession  would  not  authorizo  my  telling  yoo 

tlie  occasion  of  Lord  Uortimer'»  sepaxatioit  Mid  mine."    The  prioress 

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now  indsted  on  her  tsking  a  chur,  and  tlten  Ite^ged,  u  fiir  n  li 

Fonlil,   wiihuut  thrther  delay,  she  would  let  hor  into  Let  ^cn 

A-Dinnda  immediBtely  complied.  "  An  unexpected  obstacle  to  hai 
DDioi)  'n-ith  Lord  MortJiaer,"  she  wid,  "had  arisen;  an  obstocW 
wMoh,  while  compelled  to  attbtnit  Co  it,  aha  was  bound  most  solemnlr 
to  couceal:  it  was  expedient,  therefore,  she  shoold  retire  (hnn  Lord 
Mortimer  without  giving  him  the  anmllest  intJination  of  sach  t 
iotenlion,  lest,  if  he  atupected  it,  be  should  inquire  too  niiniitely,  ani^^ 
by  ao  doing,  plunge  not  only  her  but  himself  into  irremediBble  di»-' 
tress. — To  avoid  tbia,  it  woa  necessary  al!  bnt  the  prioress  sboutd  b*' 
ignorant  of  ber  scheme,  and  by  her  means  she  hoped  she  shonld  t 
put  in  a  way  of  finding  aacb  a  place  of  secrecy  and  sectirity  as  sliC 
required.  She  besongbt  the  prioress,  with  strMtioing  eyes,  not  to 
impnte  her  resignation  of  Lord  Mortimer  to  any  unworthy  motiTer^ 
to  that  TTeaven,  wbiuh  oonld  alone  console  her  for  bor  loea,  sfaf 
appealed  for  her  innocence;  she  besonght  her  to  itelleve  her  ^oer«; 
to  pity  but  not  condemn  her;  to  continae  her  IViead  now,  when  faer* 
friendship  was  most  needful  In  this  her  deep  distress;  and  aba 
asMired  her,  if  it  was  withdrawn,  she  beheved  she  could  no  lougvr 
struggle  with  her  sorrows.  Tlie  prioress  remuiried  silent  afew  minatesi^ 
and  then  addressed  her  in  a  solemn  Toioe. 

"  I  own,  Misa  i'itzalao,  your  conduct  appears  so  JneipliMble,  so 
ftBtooiahing,  that  nothing  but  the  opinion  I  hare  formed  of  your' 
thar&cttr,  from  seeing  the  mano^  in  which  you  have  acted,  e 
left  to  yourself,  oonld  prevent  my  esteem  from  being  diminished ;  bnt^' 
I  am  persuaded  you  cannot  act  from  a  bad  motive;  therefore,  till 
that  pereuaaion  ceases,  my  eateem  can  know  no  diminution.  From 
this  declaration  you  may  be  convinced,  that,  to  the  utmost  of  n 
power,  I  will  serve  you;  j'et,  ere  yon  finally  determine  and  reqnirff 
Hucb  service,  weigh  well  what  yon  are  ahont;  consider,  in  the  tyea' 
of  the  world,  you  are  about  acting  a  dishonourable  part  in  brvakinf' 
your  engagement  witli  Lord  Mortimer,  without  assigning  some  re 
for  doing  so.  Nothing  short  of  a  point  of  conscience  shonld  inHuenoc' 
you  to  this." 

"Nothing  short  of  it  bas,"  replied  Amanda;  "therefore  pity,  and* 
do  aot  aggravate  niy  feelings  by  pointing  onl  llie  consequences  wliiol 
will  attend  Uie  imrrifice  I  am  compellod  to  mnkc;  only  prntalso,*" 


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tajciog  the  prioiess's  hand,  "  only  pfomise,  in  this  great  and  and  emer-  ' 
geney,  to  be  my  friend." 

Her  louki*,  li«r  words,  her  Bgonles,  stopped  Bhort  all  the  prinrvso  ' 
WM  going  to  say.  She  thongbt  it  would  be  barbarity  any  longer  U 
dwell  upon  the  ill  conseqnenccia  of  an  ftctiun  which  slie  was  n> 
Tinced  some  &tAl  necessity  compelled  her  to;  she  therefore  pive  In  i 
all  the  consdlution  now  in  her  power,  by  nssurinit  her  she  sbc.iili)  I 
immediately  tliink  about  some  jilace  fur  her  to  retire  to,  and  wonlcf 
keep  all  which  had  poased  between  them  a  profonnd  setrret.  Sha 
then  iiiBi9t«d  on  Amanda's  lying  down,  and  trying  to  compose  hop' 
self;  she  bronght  her  drops  to  take,  and  drswing  the  carlains  aboul' 
her,  retired  from  the  room.  Tn  two  honrs  she  returneil;  though  she 
entered  the  chamber  softly,  Amanda  immediately  dr«w  back  the  enr^ 
tain,  and  appeared  mnch  more  composed  than  wlien  the  prioress  h«il' 
left  her.  The  good  woman  would  not  let  her  ri.fe,  bat  sat  down  oi^ 
the  bed  to  tell  her  what  she  had  contrived  for  her. 

"  She  had  a  relation  in  Sootiand,"  she.  said,  "  who,  from  redooaS. 
circumstances,  had  kept  a  school,  for  nuny  years ;  but,  as  the  iuflrsM 
ities  of  age  came  on,  she  was  not  able  to  pay  such  attention  to  befl 
I'apils  fts  their  friends  thought  requisite,  and  she  had  only  been  abW 
tu  retain  them  by  promising  to  get  a  person  to  assist  her.  As  sb^ 
thought  her  cousin  (the  prioress)  more  in  the  way  of  procuring  si 

ne  than  herself,  she  had  written  to  her  for  that  pnrpose:  a  clever^ 
woll-beJiaved  young  woman,  who  would  he  satisfied  with  s 
salary,  was  what  she  wanted. 

"I  Ehonld-not  mention  such  a  place  (o  yon,"  said  the  prioress,  "but 
that  the  necessity  there  is  for  your  immediately  retiring  from  Lor^ 
"  timer,  leaves  mo  no  time  to  look  out  for  another;  but  do  noi) 
Imagine  I  wbh  you  to  continue  there;  no,  indeed,  labould  think  it  ■ 
pity  sQch  talents  as  you  possess  shonld  be  bnried  in  snch  ohscarily^ 

hst  I  think  is,  that  yon  can  stay  there  till  yon  grow  more  roin* 

rMf'l,  and  can  look  out  lor  a  better  establishment."  ' 

"Do  not  mention  nty  talents,"  said  Amanda,  "my  mind  is  W^ 
enervated  by  grief,  that  it  wilt  be  long  before  I  can  make  any  gfo«S 
tion;  and  tlie  place  you  have  mentioned  is,  from  its  obsQUri'jv 
just  snch  a  one  as  I  desire  to  go  to."  ' 

"Ttiere    is,    besides,    another    inducement,"    said    the    priori-"!*.,    ' 
"  n*mely,  its  being  but  a  few  miles  from  Port  Pa.tridt,\r 


■  :  a  devay 

h  a  smad 


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413  CHILDHBN      OF      TllR      ABBEV, 

B  fair  vind  will  bring  ns  in  a  few  lionn  from  this.  I  knnvr  tlw 
maxter  uf  a  little  nlieiry,  ivhich  is  perpetaally  iioins  liorkwnnls  and 
forwards;  be  lives  in  tliia  nciRlibourbood,  and  both  he  ami  liia  wife 
consider  themsclvea  under  obligations  to  me,  and  will  reJi'ice,  I  am 
Bare,  at  an  opportunity  of  obliging  me;  I  shall  therefore,  send  for  bim 
this  evening,  inform  him  of  the  time  yon  wish  to  go,  and  desire  hia 
)«re  till  he  leaves  yon  himself  at  Mrs.  Macpherson'?." 

Amanda  thanked  the  prioress,  who  proceeded  to  «ay,  "that,  on  the 
presumption  of  her  guing  to  her  coTwin'a,  she  had  dready  written  a 
letter  for  he  to  take;  but  wished  to  know  whether  she  wowld  be 
mentioned  by  her  own  or  a  flotitiona  name?" 

Amanda  replied,  "By  a  fictitions  one,"  and  after  a  little  condder^- 
tion,  filed  on  that  of  Frances  Donald,  which  Ilie  prioress  accordingly 
inserted,  and  then  read  the  letter. 

"to   MBS.   WACPIIKHeOS. 

"Db*r  Codhis, 
"Tlie  bearer  of  tliis  letter,  Trances  Donald,  is  the  yonnc  person  I 
hare  procured  you  for  an  assistant  in  yonr  suhool.  I  have  known  tier 
•ome  time,  and  ean  vooch  for  her  cleverness  and  discretion.  She  la 
well  bom  and  well  educated,  and  has  seen  better  days ;  but  the  wheel 
of  fortane  is  continually  Inming.  and  she  bears  her  misfortunes  with 
a  patience  that  to  me  is  the  best  proof  slie  eonld  give  of  a  real  good 
disposition.    I  liave  told  her  yon  gire  but  ten  pounds  a  year;  Jinr 

Eing  proves  she  is  not  dissatisfied  with  tlie  salary.  1  am  soiry  to 
ar  yon  are  troubled  with  rheumatic  pains,  and  hope,  when  yon 
have  more  time  to  take  care  of  yonraelf,  yon  will  grow  better.  All 
the  sisters  join  me  in  thanking  yon  for  yonr  kind  inquiries  after 
them. — We  do  tolerably  well  in  tfie  little  school  we  keep,  and  tmat, 
oar  gratitude  to  Heaven  for  its  present  goodness,  will  obtain  a  eon- 
tlnuAnce  of  it.  I  beg  to  hear  from  yon  soon,  And  am,  my  dear 
eOQsin,  your  sincere  friend,  and  affectionate  kinswoman, 

"  St.  Cathariiu'i  Euzabeth  Dsbvot." 


"  I  have  not  said  as  mnoh  as  you  deserve,"  said  the  prioress ;  "  tint 
if  the  letter  does  not  meet  your  approbation,  I  will  make  any  altera- 
tion yon  please  in  it."  Amanda assnred  her  "it  did,"  and  the  prioress 
then  said, "  tliat  Lord  Mortimer  had  been  sgnin  at  tlie  convent  to  in()iiire 
after  her,  and  was  told  she  was  iwtter."  Amanda  said,  she  would 
not  see  him  till  the  hour  she  bad  appointed  for  liis  coming  to  sa|>|>«r. 
The  prioreaa  agreed,  "that  as  tilings  were  changed,  she  was  tight  In 
Iwin^  Ichis  oompanyas  little  as  possible,  and  to  prevent  her  being  in 


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OHILDRBH      or      TBE      AUBET.  419 

Ilia  iroy,  slie  would  hare  Uor  ilinner  and  tea  ta  her  own  roum/'  Tlie 
clotli  was  acoorJingly  laid  in  it,  nor  woulJ  tlie  good-natured  prioress 
de|iart  till  she  saw  Amanda  eat  somelliing.  Sister  Mary,  slie  snid, 
was  quil«  sniioua  to  coma  io,  and  perform  the  part  of  an  attendant, 
but  was  prevented  by  her. 

The  diatraotion  of  Amanda's  tiiougliis  was  now  abated,  from  having 
everything  adjusted  relative  to  her  fuCare  oondnct,  and  tb?  company 
«f  the  prioress,  wiio  retnrned  to  her  as  soon  as  slie  had  dine'I,  pre- 
vented hor  losing  the  little  composnro  stio  had  niib  Bach  difficnlty 
Dcqnired. 

Kite  besonght  the  prioress  not  to  delay  writing  after  her  departnre, 
and  to  relate  fiuthfully  every  tiling  which  happened  in  consequence  of 
her  tliglit.  She  entreated  lier  not  to  let  a  mistaken  compassion  for 
her  feelings  influence  her  to  coDceol  an;  thing,  as  any  thing  like  the 
appearance  of  concealment  in  her  tetter  would  only  torture  her  with 
anxiety  and  snspeose. 

The  prioress  solemnly  promised  she  would  obey  her  reqnest,  and 
Amanda  wiUi  tears  regretted  that  she  was  now  unable  to  recompense 
the  kindness  of  the  prioress  and  the  sisterhood,  as  she  had  lately 
intended  doing  by  Lord  Mortimer's  desire,  as  'neJI  asboron-n  inclina- 
tion. The  prioress  begged  her  not  to  indulge  any  regret  ou  that 
account,  aa  ihey  considered  lliemselves  already  liberally  reconipensod, 
and  hod  besides  quite  snfficiont  to  satisfy  their  humble  desires. 

Amanda  said  she  meant  to  leave  a  letter  on  the  di'essing-table  foi 
Lord  Stiirtimer,  with  tlie  notes  wliich  he  had  given  her  enclosed  in 
it.  "The  picture  and  the  ring,"  said  she,  with  a  falDng  tear,  "I 
cannot  part  with."  For  the  things  which  she  had  ordered  from  the 
neighbouring  town,  she  told  the  prioress  she  would  leave  money  in 
her  hands,  also  a  present  for  the  woman  who  had  been  engaged  to 
attend  lier  to  Englond,  as  some  small  recompense  for  her  disappinnt- 
mer.t.  Shu  meant  only  to  take  some  linen  and  her  monniing  to 
Siviilund,  the  rest  of  ber  things,  including  her  muiiio  and  books,  at 
some  future  and  better  period,  might  he  sent  after  her. 

Amanda  was  indebted  to  the  sisterhooil  for  tlirce  months'  board 
and  lodging,  vliioh  was  ten  guineas.  Of  the  two  hundred  pounds 
wliich  Lord  Mortimer  had  given  lier  on  leaving  Castle  Curberry  •Jtic 
hundred  and  twenty  pounds  remained,  so  that  Ihnngh  nnahie  te 
■nmror  the  I'taims  of  graiitode,  i^ie  thanked  Heaven  she  wiw  b.^^V. 


fijlfil  tiiose  of  jnstico.  TbU  the  told  the  prioress,  wLo  ini 
UeclareJ  "  iliat,  iu  tlic  name  of  the  whule  siuterliood,  she  woold  tAka 
□pon  ber  to  refuse  any  ttiiiig  from  ker."  Amanda  did  not  coiiteat  th« 
[mint,  beiug  secretly  determined  hotv  to  act.  Tbe  priorera  drank  t«ft 
witli  ber — when  over,  Amanda  said  sbe  would  lie  down,  iu  ord«r  to 
liy  and  be  composed  agwrat  Lord  Mortimer  came.  Tbe  prioress 
m'itirdingjy  withdrew,  saying,  "sbe  sbonlil  not  be  distnrbed  tijl  then." 

By  tliis  means  Amanda  was  enabled  to  be  in  readiness  for  delivering 
her  letter  to  Lord  Cberbnrj  at  tbe  proper  lioiir.  Her  heart  beat  witli 
ajiprel tension  an  it  approached ;  she  dreaded  JmtH  Uori.inier  again 
surj'riitiag  her  amongst  tlie  roins,  or  some  of  the  nnns  following  her 
to  tJiein.  At  last  ttje  olook  gave  the  aignol  for  keeping  ber  appMDt' 
UKUt.  She  arose  treinbliug  &om  llie  t«d,  and  oi>ened  the  dour ;  she 
listened  and  no  noise  announced  any  one's  being  near;  the  momenta 
were  precious ;  she  glided  tbruuKli  tbe  gallery,  and  had  the  good 
forltme  to  find  the  ball  door  open.  She  ba^tcued  to  Ilie  ruitu,  and 
found  Lord  Chorbury  wailing  there.  She  presented  bim  the  letter  in 
dleuue.  He  received  it  in  tJie  same  maimer;  hut  when  he  saw  hw 
turning  DWay  to  dcgiort,  he  euatrbed  her  bond,  and  in  a  voice  that 
denoted  iJie  most  violent  agilAtion,  exclaimed,  "Tell  me,  tell  m«, 
iliu  FitEulan,  is  tlii«  letl«r  propitious."  "  It  is,"  replied  tite,  in  s 
faltering  voice.  "  Then  may  heaven  ettmnlly  bless  jou,"  cried  ha, 
falling  at  her  feet,  and  wrapping  bis  arms  abont  her.  His  pnstur« 
■hooked  Amanda,  and  hia  dot«n.tion  terrified  lier. 

"  Let  ine  go,  my  lord,"  SEud  she :  "  in  pity  to  me,  In  mercy  to  your 
•elf,  let  me  go,  for  one  moment  longer  and  we  may  be  discovered." 

Lord  Clierbory  started  np.  "  From  whom,"  cried  ho,  "con  I  li«w 
about  yon  ?" 

"  From  the  prioress  of  SL  Catlmrine''',"  replied  Amanda  Id  n 
trembling  voice,  "she  only  will  know  Ihe  secret  of  my  retreat." 

He  again  snatched  her  hand,  and  kissed  it  with  vehemence, 
"Farewell,  thon  angel  of  a  womani"  be  excliumcd  and  diwppeared 
amonR  tlie  ruins.  Amanda  hurried  back,  dreading  every  moment  to 
meet  Lord  Mortimer ;  bnt  she  neither  met  him  nor  any  other  peraon. 
She  bad  scarcely  gained  I'er  chamber  ere  the  prioress  CAUie  to  iTiionn 
her,  bit)  lordship  was  in  the  jxirlonr.  She  Iii8t*nily  repaired  to  it. 
The  (ur  had  a  little  clianged  the  dea<lly  hne  of  lii>r  ruiiijiteiion,  to 
that  from  her  looks  be  HiippoBcd  her  liBlter,  and  livr  worJB  strength' 


•nod  (lie  tti|)pi>sitiuii.  Slie  lalkcil  nilh  liiin,  furtcil  Lcrself  to  est 
sutne  sQpt<er,  and  chucked  die  (enni  from  blliog  wliicli  s|ii'iiii|{  lo  ber 
«TCB  irliencver  lie  laentiunett  tli«  Iia|i|iiae9«  Ihey  must  experienco 
wlitD  united,  tlie  pleasure  tliej  sbonld  eiuoy  at  Tlioriilinry,  and  tho 
diJi);lit  I.adv  Uailli&  aud  Lady  Arunirita  wuuld  <ix|)eritiucc  wliuDcver 
tbcT  met. 

Amnnda  deairod  Iilro  not  to  come  to  breakric^t  tie  next  inoniing, 
tior  lo  t!ie  convont  till  after  dinner,  as  sLe  woald  be  so  basy  prepmiug 
for  bet  journey,  sfie  would  have  no  lime  to  derote  lo  liim.  lie 
wanted  to  convince  bcr  he  could  not  rutard  bor  preparaliona,  by 
coniiiig,  bnt  ahe  would  not  a.low  this. 

Anivida  pastied  another  wretched  night  She  breakta>tcJ  in  the 
nioriiltig  with  tlie  nuns,  who  eipresged  their  regret  st  losing  her — & 
regret  however  mitigated  b;  the  hope  of  shortly  seoitig  bcr  ogain,  as. 
I^rd  Mortimer  had  promised  to  hring  her  to  Castle  Carbtrrj  as  booh 
aa  she  had  rioted  Lis  li'tends  in  England.  This  wiis  a  trying  moment 
lo  Amanda;  bIib  could  scarcely  conceal  her  emotions^  to  keep  herself 
from  weejiing  alaad,  at  the  inention  of  a  promise  never  to  be  fiilfilled. 
She  swallowed  her  breakfart  in  haete,  and  withdrew  to  her  eliamber 
on  pretence  of  settling  hor  things.  Here  slie  was  iminedintely  fullowed 
by  tlie  nuns,  entreutiDg  tliey  might  eeverally  be  employed  in  nssi.^ting 
ber.  She  thanked  Ibem  with  her  UBnal  sweetness,  bnt  aascred  them 
uo  assistance  was  nocessarj-,  as  she  had  but  a  few  things  to  pock, 
never  having  unlocked  Uie  chests  which  had  come  from  CastJe  Cor- 
berry.  They  retired  on  receiving  this  sssuranM,  and  Amanda, 
fearful  of  anotlier  intemrption,  sat  down  lo  write  her  farewell  letter 
lo  Lord  Mortimer. 


"  Mt  Lokd, 

"  A  destiny  which  neither  of  us  can  control,  forbids  our  union. 
In  vain  were  obstacles  encountered  and  apparently  overcome,  one 
nas  rineo  to  oppose  it,  which  we  never  could  have  liionghl  of,  and  in 
fielding  to  it,  us  I  am  compelled  by  dire  necessity  to  do,  I  find  myself 
M))iiraled  from  yim  witljout  the  remotest  .hope  of  our  ever  meeting 
lig.iin — without  being  allowed  to  justifv  my  conduct,  or  oSlt  on« 
Yxcn^e  which  might,  m  some  degree,  palliate  the  abominable  ingrati- 
tude and  d«eenl  I  may  appear  guilty  of;  appear,  1  say.  for  in  reality 
my  heart  is  a  strati(rer  to  either,  and  is  now  agonized  at  the  sncrifloe 
;',  ia  oompelleJ  to  make :  bnt  1  will  not  hnrt  your  lordship's  feelings 
I'y  dwelUut!  oi  my  own  sufferings.     Already  have  1  ciuteA  ■^■wi  "u*! 


410  CDILDRIN      or      Till      ABBKT. 

mucli  !>nin,  Imt  never  nfraln  5lia1l  I  cros,?  your  path  to  di^tnrb  jnm 
I'.'jtro,  iii»!  >\\m\v  yiiiir  |in>ii>C('l  uf  fulicity :  no  iii_v  lord,  removed  ta  ■ 
U-i<iuii£  illstiiut'e,  iIju  naxwb  I  liive  no  inure  will  mdIc  upon  iii;  ear,  the 
(li'Iii>ive  tiircii  uf  lin]ii)iiicds  no  more  will  iiii>ck  me. 

"Had  every  tiling  torned  out  aeconling  to  my  TrUhos,  perhaps 
hnppiiii.'^:',  so  {preat,  so  nncxpected,  might  have  proiluced  a  dangermu 
rcvutiiiion  in  my  sentiments,  and  withdrawn  my  thouglits  too  mncJi 
from  liL-uven  to  earth;  if  so,  oh!  blosscd  be  ttie  power  tliat  enatclied 
iVoin  my  \\\i*  the  cup  of  juy,  tliciugh  at  the  very  momeat  I  waa  tasting 
the  lieliiililfnl  beverage. 

•■  I  I'iinnot  bid  you  pity  me,  tliongh  I  know  mysdf  deserrjny  of 
c-<mi':(^:;loji ;  I  caimot  hid  yi>u  forbear  condemning  me,  thongb  I  know 
myself  iinileserving  of  censure.  In  this  letter  I  enclose  the  niit«s  I 
receive<l  fnuit  your  lordship;  the  pictnreand  therinf;!  have  retained; 
thi-y  will  MHm  be  my  only  vestijrcs  of  former  happiness.  Farewell, 
l./>nl  >[cirtimer,  my  dear  and  valuable  fiiend,  farewell  for  ever.  May 
tliiit  peat-e,  that  happini-ss  yon  so  truly  deserve  to  possess,  be  yours, 
anil  iii:iy  tlii>y  never  nj^in  meet  with  sucii  interruptions  as  they  bava 
recL-ivi'd  I'rum  the  untbrtunutc 

"Amaxda  M.  FiTULAx." 

This  h-ttcr  wM  blistered  with  her  tears;  she  Iwd  it  in  a  drawer  till 

[ii'ticeeded  to  p.ick  whatever  eho  meant  |i 


"to  MBS.  VtBMOT. 

"  Wua  ray  aitiution  otUerwise  Uian  it  now  is,  be  assnred  I  ue^w 
Bliould  Lave  offered  the  trifle  you  will  find  in  this  puptr  aa  any  way 
adequate  to  the  discharge  of  my  debt;  to  you,  and  your  amiaWu  com- 
panions, I  regret  my  iuabllity  (more  Uian  I  can  eipress)  of  proving 
•  iiiy  (cratitude  to  yon,  and  thvia  for  all  your  kludDeas :  never  will  they 
be  obliturated  from  my  remembrance,  luid  He,  who  bad  {iroriiisod  U> 
regard  those  tbat.  bofViend  Uio  orphan,  will  reward  you  for  tliera.  I 
liave  abo  left  five  guineas  for  the  woman  yi>a  wure  so  good  as  to 
eiicftge  to  att«nd  me  to  England.  1  trust  she  will  think  thein  a 
sufficient  recompense  for  ooy  trouble,  or  disappuiutmeut,  I  may  Luv« 
occasioned  her. 

"Farewell,  dear  Mrs.  Derrnot,  dear  and  ami/ible  inhabitants  of 
8t.  Cfttliarine'a,  farewell.  As  Amnndu  will  never  forgte  yon  in  hers, 
to  lot  her  never  be  forgotten  in  your  oriscins,  and  never  caase  to 
believe  her 

"  Gratefbl,  sincere  and  fifTeottoimte, 

"A.    M.    FiTZALiW. 

By  this  timo  aha  was  anmmoned  lo  dinner.  Her  spirits  were  sunk 
in  tlie  loweDt  d^ectdoo  at  the  idea  of  leaving  the  amiable  woman 
ivbo  had  been  so  kindjn  her,  and,  above  all,  at  Uie  idea  of  tlie  last 
Kid  evening  she  was  to  pass  with  Lord  Mortimer.  His  lordship  came 
early  to  the  convent  The  d^ceted  looks  of  Amanda  immediat«ly 
struck  him,  and  renewed  all  his  apprehensions  ahont  her  liealtli.  Bba 
answered  his  tender  inqnin'es  by  saying  she  was  fatigued. 

"Perhaps,"  edd  ha,  "yon  will  like  to  rest  one  day,  and  not  eom 
mence  your  journey  to-morrow)" 

"No,  no,"  cried  Amanda,  "it  shall  not  be  deforred.  To-morrow," 
continued  site,  with  a  smile  of  anguish,  "  I  will  commence  it." 

Lord  Mortimer  thanked  lior  for  a  resolution  he  imflgiued  diol.ited 
by  an  ardent  desire  to  please  him,  bat  at  the  same  time  again 
expressed  his  fears  that  she  was  ill,  , 

Amanda  perceived  that  if  she  did  not  exert  herself,  her  d^ection 
wonld  lead  him  to  inqniried  she  would  find  it  difficult  to  evade ;  but 
OS  U)  eiert  herself  was  impossible,  in  order  to  witlidraw  his  attention, 
in  some  degree,  from  beraell^  she  proposed  that  as  this  was  the  last 
aveoing  they  would  be  at  the  convent,  they  would  invite  the  nuns  to 
fliink  tea  with  them.  Lord  MortJmer  immediately  acqoiewed  in  the 
proposal,  and  the  invitation  being  sent  was  accepted. 

liut  Um  coDvarsatitw  of  the  whole  parly  was  of  &  vatVv^ifvw'i 
18« 


kinJ. 

ijf  loii 


CHILD 

Aniaiuk  was  s 
IS  licr  lilk-il  tlie 

R'l-,  IjQd  Ije  not 


or     TUB     ABDXT. 

much  beloved  among  thom,  that  the  prospect 
ivitli  n  regret,  wliioli,  even  the  idea  of  nccing 


would  Hi 


ot  banish.  About  nine,  wliicb  was  their  lionr 
to  retire,  and  would  Jinvo  taken  leave  of  Lord 
iiifonncd  tlicm,  tliat  on  Miss  Fitzolan'd  account 
J  tlio  Journey  nest  day  till  ten  o'clock,  at 
n  have  tilt  iiliiaaure  of  seeing  tlieni. 
AVIieii  tliej  withdrew  he  endeavoured  to  cheer  Aiuondo,  and 
liCi'UU^lit  iier  lu  e^ert  her  spirits.  Of  his  own  accord,  he  said,  be 
woulil  leave  Iter  enrly,  that  she  might  get  as  much  rest  aa  possible  against 
the  ensuing  liay.  Uo  accordingly  rose  to  def>art.  What  an  aguoiziag 
n)unient  for  Atnauda — to  hear,  to  behold  the  man,  so  tonderlj 
beloved,  fur  the  last  time:  to  tliinl:  that  ere  that  bonr  tbe  next  aiglit 
bhc  should  be  far,  far  away  from  liim,  considered  as  a  treachcrons  aud 
nnt;iMtL'l'ul  c  real  tire,  (ic--|iised,  jierhaps  ciecroled,  oa  a  source  of 
I.cii.flii.d  di,<f|uiot  and  sorrow  to  him!  Her  heart  swelled  at  thoae 
ideas  Willi  fillings  she  thought  would  burst  it,  and  when  lie  folded 
her  III  his  bo-oiii,  imd  bid  ber  he  cliccrfnl  against  the  neil  morning, 


ther  inquirisB,  told  him,  "  she  only  wriwd  for  hia  depurture  to  redre 
to  ^ell^  ntiicti  j)te  t'u  convinced  would  do  ber  good." 

I^rd  Mortimer  listantly  rose  from  his  kneeling  poHtora :  "  Fir»- 
wll,  then,  my  denr  Amanda,"  cried  he,  "  farewell,  and  be  well  •nd 
cliHcrt'til  against  the  moroing." 

Siie  pressed  his  hand  between  hers,  and  laying  her  cold  wet  cheek 
U[>i)ii  it :  "  Farewull,"  said  she,  "  when  we  next  meet  I  shall,  I  trnai, 
be  well  and  cjieerful;  for  in  heaven  alone  (Uioagbt  she  at  that 
moment)  we  shall  erer  meet  u^in." 

On  Che  fipot  in  wliioh  he  left  her,  Amanda  stood  motioDless,  till  alio 
beard  the  hall  door  close  alter  him;  all  composure  then  forsook  her, 
and,  in  an  agony  of  tears  and  sobs,  she  tlirew  herself  on  the  seat  he 
had  uccnpiud.  The  good  {irioresa,  gnesGiog  what  her  feelings  at  this 
minnte  must  be,  was  at  hand,  and  came  in  with  drops  and  water, 
wliich  she  forced  ber  to  tal;e,  and  mingled  the  tear  of  sympathy 
with  hers. 

Her  soothing  attentions  in  a  little  time  hod  the  effect  she  desired. 
Tliey  revived  in  some  degree  her  nnhappy  young  friend,  who 
excliuined,  "that  the  severest  tiiil  she  could  ever  posdbly  experience 

"And  will,  I  trnst  and  believe,"  replied  the  prioress,  "even  in 
this  life,  be  yet  rewarded." 

It  was  agreed  that  Aratmda  should  pat  on  ber  babit,  and  be  pre- 
pared against  the  man  came  for  her. — The  prioress  promised,  as  soon 
as  the  house  was  at  rest,  to  follow  her  to  her  chamber. — Amanda 
accordingly  went  to  her  apartment,  and  put  on  her  travelling  dress. 
She  was  soon  followed  by  the  prioress,  who  bronght  in  bread,  wine, 
and  cold  chicken;  but  the  full  heart  of  Amanda  would  not  attow  hei 
to  partake  of  tliem,  and  her  tears,  in  spite  of  her  efforts  to  rostrwn 
tbeni,  again  burst  forth.  "  She  was  Eure,"  she  said,  "  the  prioress 
would  immediately  let  her  know  if  any  intelligence  arrived  of  her 
brother,  and  she  again  besought  her  to  write  as  soon  ss  possible  after 
ber  departure,  and  to  be  minute." 

She  left  the  lot^er3,  one  for  Lord  Mortimer,  and  the  other  for  thb 
prioress  on  the  table,  and  then,  with  a  kind  of  melancholy  impatienee, 
waited  for  the  man,  who  was  punctual  to  the  appointed  hour  ol 
Ihroe,  and  annonnced  his  arrival  by  a  tap  at  the  wicduw,  8h« 
Itutaotly  roM  and  •mbraoed  the  prioress  in  •ilence,  who^aIn«nX.  «c 


420 


I 


tnnoL  affected  as  herself,  li&d  oolj  power  to  saj ,  "  God  blew  joo, 
dear  cliild,  aud  mate  jou  as  happy  as  you  dcaerve  to  he." 

Amnnda  nhook  her  head  mourufully,  aa  if  to  say,  "  alie  ei]>ect£d  no 
happioesa,"  and  than  BofUy  Btepping  along  the  gallery,  ojiened  t 
liall  dour,  where  she  found  the  nion  waiting.  Ilur  little  tronk  vm 
alraaily  lying  in  the  halt:  aha  pointed  it  out  to  him,  and  U  iiooi 
be  had  token  it  ho  departed.  Never  did  any  being  fed  more  forlorn 
tliati  Amanda  now  did;  what  she  felt  wUen  quittiog  the  nuLTcbiiH 
veas'a  wua  eoiiiparativbly  happiness  to  what  abe  uow  endored.  I 
tlien  looked  forward  to  the  protection,  comfort,  and  eupporl  of  a  I 
der  parent;  now  she  hod  nothing  In  view  whluh  could  id  the  li 
cliecr  or  alleviate  ber  feelings.  She  caitt  her  monmful  eyes  around, 
aud  tlie  objects  ebe  beheld  heightened,  if  jiosslble,  her  aoj^uir^.  Slia 
beheld  the  old  trees  which  shaded  the  grave  of  her  father  waving  la 
the  uuruing  breeze,  and  ohl  bow  ferveutly  at  that  moment  did  si 
wish  that  by  his  side  she  was  laid  beocatb  their  shelter!  sh^  tonied 
from  theut  with  a  hearlrrpuding  sigh,  which  reaobed  tbe  ea'  of  tlie 
man  who  trudged  before  ber.  lie  instantly  turned,  and  see'ig  lier 
pale  and  trembling,  told  her  he  had  an  arm  at  her  service,  which 
she  gkdly  accepted,  being  scarcely  able  to  support  her»elf :  a  «i 
boat  was  wailing  for  tboni  about  half  a  mile  above  CasUeCarber-y;  !t 
conveyed  them  in  a  few  moments  to  the  vessel,  which  tlie  master 
previously  told  her  would  be  nndor  weigh  directly;  she  was  pi'wsed 
to  find  his  wile  on  hoard,  who  conducted  Amanda  to  the  oabiu, 
where  she  found  brealcfast  laid  out  with  ocatness  for  her.  Slie  VkiIc 
some  tea  and  a  little  bread,  beijig  almost  eibausled  with  fatigue.  Ber 
cutiipaoion,  imputing  her  dejection  to  feat's  of  crossing  tlie  sea,  awired 
her  the  passage  would  he  vei'y  short,  and  bid  her  observe  how  plainlf 
they  conld  see  the  Scottish  hills,  now  partially  gilded  by  the  beams  of  . 
tlie  rising  sun;  but  beautiful  as  they  appeared,  Amanda's  eye^  '^w 
turned  from  them  to  a  more  beautiful  object.  Castle  Carberry.  Bh 
then  Bsked  the  woman  if  abe  thought  the  castle  could  be  seen  from 
the  opposite  coast,  and  she  replied  iu  the  negative. 

"I  am  sorry  for  it,"  said  Amanda  mournfolly.  Slie  contiuuM  kt 
the  wiadow  for  the  melancholy  pleasure  of  contemplatlDg  it,  (ill 
compelled  by  sickness  to  lie  down  on  the  bed.  Tlie  woman  atteniled 
her  with  tlie  most  assiduous  care,  ami  about  four  o'ljock  in  the  afle^ 
iioon  iiiformed  her  they  bad  reacho!  Port  Patrick.     Arnauda  arose, 


and  teaJiog  for  the  muter,  told  Lim,  "  As  ahe  did  oot  wiah  to  go  tc 
an  inn,  lilje  would  thook  hlu  lo  hire  a.chttise  to  carry  her  diroctljr  to 
Mrs.  Macpheraou'd.''  He  wid  ebe  Bbould  be  obeyed,  and  Aniinda 
having  settled  vritli  him  fur  ber  pastsoge,  he  weut  on  shore  for  th»t 
jiorjioae,  aod  soon  retuTDod  lo  inform  Ler  a  carriage  was  ready. 
Amanda,  haiiog  tluutked  bis  wife  for  her  kind  aiieniion,  atuppctj  ioio 
the  boat,  and  entered  the  chaise  tlie  moment  «he  landed.  Ucr  com- 
panion told  her  he  was  well  acquainted  with  Mrs.  MacphersoQ,  h«T- 
in^  frequently  carried  paojuetn  from  Mrs.  DemioC  t«  her.  She  lived 
ihout  fire  milea  from  Port  Patrick,  he  said,  and  near  the  Bea-ooast. 
Tlicy  accordingly  soon  readied  her  habitation;  it  was  a  small  low 
house,  of  a  greyish  colour,  aitoated  in  a  field  almost  covered  with 
t^iLjtles,  and  divided  from  the  ruad  by  u  rugged  looking  wall ;  the  se* 
lay  at  a  small  distance  from  it;  the  coast  heroabouts  was  extremely 
rocky,  ajtd  the  prospect  oa  every  side  wild  and  dreary  ia  the 

Anuioila's  companion,  by  her  desire,  went  Brst  into  the  house,  to 
prepare  Mrs.  Macpherion  for  her  reception.  He  returned  in  a  few 
minutes,  and  telling  Iter  she  was  happy  at  her  arriral,  oonducted  her 
into  tlie  house.  From  a  narrow  poss^e  Ilioy  turned  into  a  small 
gloomy  parlour  with  an  clay  floor.  Mn.  MacpLeraon  was  aittlng 
in  an  old  fashioned  anu  choir,  ber  face  was  abarp  and  meagre,  her 
stature  low,  and,  like  Otway'a  ancient  beldame,  doubled  with  age; 
ber  gown  was  grey  atutf,  and  though  she  wis  ao  low,  it  was  not  long 
enougli  to  reach  ber  ankle;  her  black  silk  apron  was  curtailed  in  th« 
tame  mauner,  and  over  a  little  mob  cap  she  wore  a  handkerchief  tied 
under  ber  chin.  She  Just  nodded  to  Amanda  on  her  entrance,  and 
putting  on  a  pair  of  large  itpectaclea,  surveyed  her  without  speuking. 
Amanda  presented  Mrs.  Dermot's  introdncCory  letter,  and  tlien, 
though  unbidden,  seated  hers^  on  ttie  window-seat  till  she  had 
pernscd  it. — Ilcr  trunk  in  the  meantime  was  brought  in,  and  she  paid 
for  the  carriage,  requesting  at  tlie  same  time  the  masler  of  the  vessel 
lo  wait  till  she  had  heard  what  Mrs.  Macphersoo  would  say.  At 
Itngtb  the  old  kdy  broke  silence,  and  her  voioe  was  quite  ds  ahar[i  ai 
her  face. 

"So,  child,"  said  she,  again  eorvojing  Amanda,  luid  elavotino:  lier 
spectacles  to  have  a  bolter  opportunity  of  speaking,  "  why,  to  iip  sure 
I  did  desire  ray  cousin  to  get  me  a  yonug  peraoD,  but  not  one  uO 
yoimg,  10  very  young,  as  y>ro  appear  to  b«." 


423  OHiLDKBN    or    TBm    asset. 

"  Lord  Lies*  yoa,"  stud  the  man,  "  if  lliia  ia  a  &ult,  whj  it  b  o 
that  wi!l  mend  every  day." 

"Ay,  ay,"  cried  the  old  darae,  "but  it  will  mend  a  little  too  ilow 
for  me ;  however,  child,  aa  yon  are  ao  well  recommended,  I  will  try 
yoQ.  My  consin  aaya  Boniclhing  abont  your  being  well  born,  and 
having  »ecn  better  days:  hon'WDr,  child,  I  tell  you  beforehand,  I 
shall  not  consider  what  you  liave  been,  bat  what  you  aro  now:  I  ahaH 
therefore  expect  you  to  be  inild,  regular,  and  Bti«otive ;  no  flsunUng^ 
DO  gadding,  no  chattering,  but  staid,  sober,  and  modest." 

"  Blesa  yon  heart,"  said  the  man,  "  if  yon  look  in  her  face,  you  will 
Bee  ahe'U  be  all  yon  desire." 

"  Ay,  ay,  so  yon  may  say ;  but  I  Bhonld  bo  very  eorry  to  depend 
apon  the  promise  of  a  face;  like  the  heart,  it  is  often  treacheraoK 
and  deceitftil;  ao  pray,  young  woman,  tell  me,  and  remember  Z 
expect  a  consclontioiiB  answer,  whether  you  think  yon  will  be  able  to: 
do  as  I  wish  t" 

"Tea,  madam,"  replied  Amanda,  in  a  voice  almost  choked  by  ih.% 
variety  of  pwnful  emotions  she  experienced. 

"Well,  then  we  are  agreed,  as  you  know  the  salary  I  give."  Th» 
master  of  the  vessel  now  took  hia  leave,  never  having  been  asked  bf 
Ifrs.  MaepherEon  to  take  any  refreahment. 

The  heart  of  Amanda  sunk  within  her,  from  the  moment  all 
entered  Mrs.  Macpherson'a  door;  site  shuddered  at  being  left  with  ■ 
unsocial  a  being  in  a  place  so  wild  and  dreary;  a  hovel  near  S 
Catharine's  she  would  have  thonght  a  palace  in  point  of  real  comfortL 
to  her  present  hnhitalion ;  aa  she  then  eonld  have  enjoyed  the  aootb-i 
ing  society  of  the  lender  and  amiable  nuns.    The  presence  of  th» 
master  of  the  vessel,  from  the  pity  and  concern  he  manifested  for  her^, 
had  something  consolatory  in  it,  and  when  be  left  the  room  she  bunt. 
into  tears,  as  if  then,  and  not  till  then,  she  had  been  ntterly  aban>' 
doned.     She  hastily  followed  him  ont;  "Give  my  love,  my  bert, 
love,"  said  alie,  sobbing  violently,  and  laying  her  trembling  hand  m|! 
bis,  "  to  Mrs.  Dermot,  and  toll  her,  oh !  tell  ber  to  write  directly,  aud 
give  me  some  comfort." 

"  You  may  depend  on  my  doing  so,"  replied  he ;  "  bnt  cheer  n 
my  dear  young  lady,  what  though  tJie  old  dame  in  the  parlour  ia  • 
little  cranky,  she  will  mend,  no  doubt;  so  heaven  blosa  yon,  aiij^ 
make  yon  aa  happy  aa  you  deserve  to  ba." 

Bad  and  ril«Dt,  Amanda  r«lnrn«d  to  t.h«  parlour,  and  ^oaiinj  'lar 


Eclf  In  tho  winOov.  strained  her  ejes  after  the  carriage,  which  haJ 

bri)U(:lit  lier  to  tliis  dismal  spot. 

"Well,  child,"  said  Mrs,  Maophoreon,  "do  yon  choose  onythingf" 
"I  thank  jou,  madam,"  replied  Amanda,  "I  eboald  like  a  liillc 

'■Oh,  aa  to  tea,  I  have  jtiat  taken  my  own,  and  the  thinfja  are  a'.I 
irnshed  and  pat  by;  hot  if  you  would  like  a  glass  of  spirits  and 
iT.iier,  and  a  croat  of  bread,  yoa  may  have  it" 

Amanda  eoid  she  did  not. 

"Oh,  very  well,"  cried  Mra.  Macpherson,  "I  shall  not  preaa  yoa, 
for  supper  will  soon  be  ready.  She  tiien  desired  Amanda  lo  draw  a 
uliair  near  hers,  and  began  torturing  her  with  a  variety  of  minnta 
and  trifling  questions,  relative  to  herself,  the  nuns,  and  t)ie  neigh- 
Dourhood  of  St,  Catharine's.  Amanda  briefly  said,  her  fether  had 
been  in  the  anny,  that  many  disappointments  and  losses  had  pro- 
'  vented  his  making  any  provision  for  her,  and  that  on  his  death, 
wliich  had  happened  in  the  neiglibonrhood  of  the  convent,  the  nnna 
hod  taken  her  out  of  compassion  till  she  procQred  an  establishment 
for  herself."  ■• 

"Ay,  and  a  comfortable  one  yon  have  procured  jonraelf,  I  promise 
yon,"  said  Mrs.  Macpherson,  "if  it  ia  not  your  own  fault."  She  then 
told  Amanda,  "she  would  amnse  her  by  showing  her  her  house  and 
other  cuucerns."  This,  indeed,  was  easily  done,  as  it  consisted  bnt 
of  tlie  parlour,  two  closets  adjoining  it,  and  the  kitcticn  on  the  oppo- 
site side  of  tlie  entry:  the  other  concerns  were  a  small  garden, 
planted  with  kale,  and  the  Held  covered  with  thistles:  "a  good  com 
fortable  tenement  tliia,"  cried  Mrs.  Macpherson,  shaking  her  head 
with  mucli  satisfaction,  as  she  leaned  upon  her  ebony-headed  oane, 
and  uLst  her  eyes  around.  She  bid  Amanda  admire  the  fine  prospect 
before  the  door,  and  calling  to  a  red-haired  and  bare-legged  girl, 
desired  her  to  cut  some  tliistles  to  put  into  the  fire,  and  hasten  the 
1>oiling  lit  the  kale.  On  returning  to  the  parlour  she  nnlocked  a 
press,  and  look  out  a  pair  of  Coarse  brown  sheets  to  oir  for  Amanda. 
She  herself  slept  in  one  closet,  and  in  the  other  was  a  bed  for 
Amanda,  laid  vn  a  half-decayed  bedstead,  without  curtains,  and 
covered  with  ablnestnff  quilt:  the  closet  was  lighted  by  one  small 
idtidow,  wliith  looked  Into  the  garden,  and  its  Aimilure  conaiated  of 
■liroken  oJiair,  and  a  piece  of  looking-glaw  stock  to  0»  -vd^. 


424  0BI1.DBES    ojr     riiK     iBBKr. 

TIm  promised  anpp«r  w»3  at  lengdi  served ;  it  consisted  of  ■  1 
heads  of  kale,  some  oaten  bread,  a  jog  of  water,  &iid  a  email  [liiM 
half  full  of  spirila,  which  Ainaoda  would  not  t&ate,  and  tbe  ul<l  Udf 
herself  took  but  epariogl; ;  tliey  were  lighted  by  a,  amoll  ( 
/which,  on  retiring  to  their  closets,  Urs.  Macpbersun  cnt  b^tWMK 

Amaada  felt  relieved  by  bciog  alone.  She  could  now  '•fitbcmfc' 
reiitraiiit  indulge  ber  tears,  s>nd  her  reBeotion;  tlmt  she  ooold  o 
eryoy  auy  satisfaction  with  a  being  ao  imgracioua  in  ber  inftimera,  and 
ao  cjDtrocted  iu  ber  notions,  sbe  foresaw;  but  disagreeable  as  ber 
situatioD  must  be,  she  felt  inclined  to  contiuae  iu  it,  from  tlie  idea  g|~ 
its  giving  her  more  opportunities  of  hearing  from  Mrs.  Dorioot  tluq 
she  should  have  in  almost  an;  other  plaue,  and  hj  those  opportaniti4|i! 
alone  could  she  expect  to  boar  of  Lord  Uurtimer,  and  to  hear  of  bi^ 
oven  the  most  trifling  airuimiBtaiiee,  though  divided,  fur  ever  dividai' 
from  him,  would  be  a  source  of  exquisite  though  melancbolj  pleasa 

To  think  she  should  hear  of  him,  at  oncu  soothed  and  fed  1 
melancholy,  it  lessened  the  violence  of  sorrow,  yet  withoot  abatilig 
its  ioten^eas,  it  gave  a  delicious  aadnesa  to  ber  eonl,  she  tlioagfat  j| 
would  be  ill  exchanged  for  an;  feeUngs  short  of  tliese  alie 
experienced  if  her  wishes  had  been  occompUsbcd ;  she  ei^oyed  | 
penave  luxury  of  virtuous  gi'ief^  which  mitigates  tlie  sharp 


OfCMdliUl 

■Dd  which  Aienaide  so  heantifnily  describes;   nor   can   1   forba 
quoting  the  lines  he  bos  written  to  illustrate  this  truth : 


Fati^ed  by  the  ruDt«ndJng  emotions  she  experienced  as  welt  a>  tl 
Eicknius  she  wL'ut  through  at  ten,  Aimnda  soon  rt-tirud  to  lier  Soj 


Iie<1,  niid  Tell  into  a  profonnd  alumber,  in  which  slie  continccd  UH 
roii^etl  in  tlie  nioming  by  tlie  shrill  voice  of  Mrs.  Miicpl.ei 
excliii tiling,  as  she  rapped  «t  the  door,  "Come,  come,  Francts,  it  ia 

Aioanda  started  from  her  sleep,  forgetting  both  tlie  name  she  bad 
adiipted,  and  tlie  place  whore  alie  was :  but  Mrs.  Maepherwn  again 
calling  her  to  rise,  restored  her  to  her  recollection.  She  replied  slie 
would  attend  her  directly,  and  hnrrying  on  her  clotliea  was  with  her 
in  a  lew  minutes.  She  found  the  old  lad;  Mated  at  the  hreokfaat 
table,  who,  instead  of  returning  her  satutatioo,  said,  "that  on  account 
of  her  fatigue  she  eiciued  her  Iving  so  long  in  bed  this  morning,  for 
it  was  now  near  eight  o'clock ;  hut  in  f^itnra  she  would  expect  her  to 
rijK  before  six  in  summer,  and  seven  in  winter,  adding  as  there  was 
no  clock,  she  would  rap  at  the  door  for  that  purpose  every  morning." 

Amanda  assured  her  "she  was  fond  of  rising  early,  and  alwayi 
accustomed  to  it."  The  tea  was  now  poured  ouL,  it  was  of  the  worat 
kind,  and  sweetened  with  coarse  brown  sugar,  tiio  bread  was  oaten, 
and  there  was  no  butter.  Amanda,  unosed  to  such  anpalatnhle  fare, 
swallowed  a  lillle  uf  it  with  diFBculty,  and  then  with  some  hesitation, 
said,  "she  wiiuld  prefer  milk  to  tea."  Mrs.  Mncpheraon  fhiwaM 
exceedingly  at  this,  and,  after  continuing  silent  a  few  minutes,  said, 
"she  had  really  made  tea  for  two  people,  and  she  conid  not  tliink  oi 
having  it  wasted  ;  besides  (slie  added)  the  economy  of  her  house  wai 
so  settled  she  could  nut  infrioge  it  for  any  one.  She  kept  no  cow 
herself,  and  only  took  in  as  much  milk  as  served  her  tea  and  oa  old 
tabby  cat." 

Amanda  replied  it  was  of  no  consequence,  and  Mrs  Macpherson 
Kiid,  indeed  she  supposed  so,  and  muttered  something  of  people 
giving  themselves  airs  they  had  no  pretension  lo.  The  tea  table  was 
removed  before  nine,  when  the  school  began;  it  consisted  ul'  about 
thirty  girls,  most  of  tliem  daughtem  to  fkrineraiu  the  neigh bourhoo'I. 
Amanda  and  ihey  being  introduced  to  each  other,  and  she  being  pre- 
vionsJy  informed  what  tlioy  were  tought,  wa»  desired  to  commence 
the  task  of  instmcting  Uiem  entirely  her^ielf  that  day,  as  Mrs.  Muc- 
pherson  wanted  to  observe  her  manner — a  most  unpleasant  task 
indeed  for  poor  Amanda,  whose  mind  and  body  were  both  harassed 
by  anxiety  and  fatigne.  As  sha  bad  nndertaken  it,  howevei',  she 
m)oWe<l  to  gn  through  it  with  ■■  mnoh  nheerfiilQeia  aii<l  ^wtva-^  «& 


I 


420  OHILDRKK      OF      TUB      iBBBY. 

pmaible;  fihe  occordinglj  acquitted  herself  to  tli«  HHtisToctiQii  of' 
MaupLcrsoB,  wbo  only  found  fault  witli  lier  too  macb  geuUeDwa,  ai 
iiig,  tlie  children  would  never  fear  her.     At  two  tho  »chuol  broke  i 
and  Amanda  almost  as  de1i|;hted  as  the  children  to  be  at  liberty,  n 
running  into  the  gardun  tu  try  if  the  air  woidd  be  of  use  to  s  violi 
lioad-ache,  when  she  was  called  back,  to  pot  iJie  funuu  and  oil 
tilings  in  order ;  she  eolourcl,  and  stood  motionless,  till  r«OoUeoti 
llmt  if  she  refused  to  obey  Mrs.  Macphersoa,  a  qoarrel  would  ; 
biy  eusue,  which,  drcitmHtanced  as  she  was,  without  knowing  i 
to  go,  would  be  dreadfid,  she  silently  performed  what  she  bod 
de-tired  to  do.    Dinner  was  tiien  brought  in;  it  was  as  simple  and 
eporiug  us  a  Dramin  could  de'iire  it  to  be.     ^'hen  over,  Mi 
pherson  composed  herself  to  take  a,  nap  in  the  large  chair, 
ruukiug  a.Dj  kind  of  apology  to  Amanda. 

Lett  at  liberty,  Amanda  would  now  have  walked  out;  but  !t 
just  l>egsn  to  rain,  and  every  tiling  looked  dreary  and  desolate: 
the  window  in  which  she  pensively  sat,  she  had  a  view  of  the  i 
hioked  black  and  tentpostuooe,  aud  she  could  distinguish  ita 
and  nielancholy  roaring  as  it  dashed  against  the  rocks.      The  lit 
Burvant  girl,  as  she  cleaned  the  kitchen,  sung  a  dismal  Scotch  ditty, 
tiiat  all  conspired  to  oppress  the  spirits  of  Amanda  with  a  d^octi 
greater  than  she  had  ever  before  experienced :    all  bop«  was  at 
extinct,  the  social  ties  of  life  seemed  broken  never  more  to  be  ro-u 
ted.      She  had  now  no  father,  do  friend,  no  lover,  as  heret^re, 
soothe  her  feelings,  or  alleviate  her  sorrows.    Like  tlie  poor  Belvit 
she  J  night  have  sdd. 


Eas'd  ber  decUalnif  ht 


Her  bcarL  viuidar,  lb*  Is  dUrfifirdsd," 

Like  a  tender  sapling  transplaaled  from  its  native  soil,  she  M«m«d 
«  Bland  alone  eiposed  to  every  adverse  blast.  Her  U'nrs  gtufwd 
.'orLli,  and  fell  in  showers  down  ber  pale  cheeks.      Shu  t^iglic^  fiirth 


OBILDREN      or      Tax      ABBIT.  A2'l 

(Jie  name  of  her  failjer ;  "  Oh  I  dear  and  moat  henignaot  of  men,"  it)]0 
ciclaimcd,  "  mj  faUier  and  my  friend,  were  jou  liTiug  I  should  not 
be  flo  wretched;  pity  and  tonsolatioii  would  then  be  mine:  Oh  I  my 
fatlior,  one  of  the  drearieat  caverns  in  yonder  rocks  would  be  aa 
asylum  of  comfort  were  yoa  with  mo;  but  1  am  aellish  in  these 
regrets,  certain  as  I  am,  that  yoa  ezdianged  this  life  of  wretchedneas 
[i>r  one  of  eternal  peace,  for  one  where  you  were  again  united  to  yonr 
Mai  Vina." 

Her  thoughts  adverted  to  what  Lord  Uortimer,  in  all  probability 
uuw  thought  of  her;  but  this  wai  too  dreadful  to  dwell  upon,  con- 
vinced aa  she  was,  that  from  appearances,  he  must  think  moat 
unfavourably  of  her.  nig  picture,  which  Lang  in  her  boBora,  slie 
drew  out :  she  gazed  with  agonizing  tenderness  upon  it ;  she  pres^d 
it  to  her  lips  and  prayed  for  the  oiiginal.  From  tliis  indulgence  of 
sorrow  she  was  disturbed  by  the  waking  of  Mre.  Macjihersan.  She 
hastily  wijied  away  her  tears,  and  hid  the  beloved  picture.  The 
eveuiug  post  must  disagreeably.  Mrs.  Macpberson  was  tedious  and 
imiui^jtivu  in  her  discounie,  and  it  was  almost  as  painful  to  listen  as 
lo  answer  lier.  Amanda  was  happy  when  the  hunr  of  retiring  to 
lied  arrived,  and  relieved  her  from  what  might  be  called  a  kind  of 
mental  buudiige. 

Such  was  tlie  first  day  Amanda  passed  in  her  new  habitation,  and 
a  week  elapsed  in  tlie  sacue  manner  without  any  variation,  except 
that  on  Sunday  she  had  a  cessation  from  her  laboura,  and  went  to 
the  kirk  with  Mru.  Mncpherson.  At  Uie  end  of  the  week  slie  foand 
heraell'  so  extremely  111  from  Uie  fatigue  and  confinement  slie  endured, 
as  ties.  Mocpherson  would  not  let  tier  walk  out,  saying,  "gaddera 
were  gt>od  I'ur  nothing ;"  tluit  she  told  her,  "  eicei)t  allowed  to  go  oat 
every  evening  she  must  leave  her,  as  she  could  not  bear  so  sedentary 
a  lile."  Mrs.  Macphcrson  looked  disconcerted  and  grumbled  a  great 
deal ;  but  as  Amanda  spoke  la  a  resolute  maimer  she  was  frightened, 
lest  she  should  put  her  threats  into  execution,  she  was  »o  extremely 
u.-ieful  iu  the  scluMil,  and  at  last  told  her,  "she  might  take  as  much 
exerdse  as  she  pleased,  every  day  after  dinner." 

Amanda  gladly  availed  herself  of  this  permission ;  she  explored  all 
tlie  romantic  paths  about  the  house,  hut  the  one  she  chietly  delighted 
r'j  take  was  that  which  led  to  the  sea ;  she  loved  to  ramble  ahuut  the 
Uaoli,  when  fatigoed  u>  ait  dowa  upon  the  fragmeat  of  a  ruek,  uid 


429  oaiLSaii*    of    tsb    iBBsr. 

looted  towards  tlje  opposite  shore ;  vainly  tliea  would  she  tr]r  1 
ili.icover  bohib  of  the  olgects  she  koew  so  well ;  Castle  Carbetrj  wi 
QtWrtf  nndistiagaisliable ;  bat  abe  know  tlie  spot  ou  whioh  it 
and  derived  a  melanolioly  pleasure  from  looking  thst  way. 

In  these  retired  rooiblea  she  would  freqaentlj  indnlge  her 
and  gaze  upon  the  picture  of  Lord  Mortimer.     She  feared 
tiun,  the  rocks  formed  a  kind  of  reuesa  about  her,  and  In  going 
llietn  slie  seldom  met  a  creatare. 


CHAPTER    XLII. 


T  paiised  in  this  way,  and  she  began  to  feci 
w  at  not  hearing  from  Mrs,  Dermot :  if  ranch  longer  sQal 
Bho  retiolved  on  writing,  feeling  it  itnpoBsible  to  enilnre  maoh  longt 
the  agony  her  ignorance  of  Lord  Mortimer'a  proceedings  gave  fa 
The  very  morning  previona  to  tlie  one  she  had  flied  for  writing,  a) 
saw  a  sailor  coming  to  the  house,  and  believing  he  was  the  bearer  i 
a  letter  to  her,  uhe  forgot  everyttiing  but  her  feelinga  at  (lie  n 
and  starting  from  herseat  ran  from  the  room — shemethimafew  ju 
from  llio  house,  and  then  perceiving  ho  was  one  of  the  sailore  «rf  ti 
Tcssel  siie  had  come  over  in — "You  haven  letter  fur  me,  I  hopel" 
said  Amanda.    The  man  nodded,  and  fumbling  in  his  bosom  for  «  ~ 
moment,  pulled  out  a  large  packet,  whicli  Amanda  anatohed  with 
eager  transport  from  him ;  and   knowing  she  could   not  attempt  tu 
bring  him   into  the  house  fur  refreshment,  gave  him  a  crown  lu 
procure  it  elsewliere,  which  he  reoeived  with  thankfulneaa,  and 
departed.    She  then  returned  to  the  parlour,  and  was  liastening  to 
her  closet  to  read  the  letter,  when  Mrs.  Macphenon  stopped  h». 
" Hey-dey,"  cried  slie,  "what  is  the  matter?    What  is  all  tbu  fim 
about?    Why,  one  would  think  that  was  a  lore-letter,  yon  ore  so  veij 
eaitor  to  read  it." 

"  It  is  not,  tlien,  I  can  assure  yon,"  said  Amaudn. 

"Well,  well,  and  who  is  it  fhnnt"— Amanda  reflected,  that  if  ibe 


caiLDain    or    lui    abbet.  429 

said  from  Mrs.  IHrmo^  a  nnmbor  of  impertinent  qneations  would  lie 
ssKed  her,  she  therefore  replied,  from  a  rery  partiooJar  friend!" 
''From  a  very  particular  fnend!  Well,  I  suppose  there  is  nothing 
about  life  or  deatb  in  it,  eo  yon  may  wa't  ".ill  after  dinner  to  rea<i  ii, 
(ind  pray  ait  down  now,  and  liear  tiie  cliildrcn  llieir  ipcUing  lessons." 
This  waa  a  tantalizing  moment  to  Amanda;  she  Btood  heal  latin;; 
whethershe  should  obey,  till  refleoting.thut  ifshe  went  now  to  read  tlic 
packet,  she  would  rcost  probably  be  intermpled  ere  bIib  hud  got 
tliroiigh  half  tlie  contents,  she  resolved  on  putting  it  up  till  after  diu- 
ner.  The  moment  at  last  came  for  Mre.  Mi>c[  herson's  usual  na|i,  and 
Amanda  instiintly  hastened  to  a  recess  amongst  the  rocks,  whei'e 
mating  herself  she  broke  tlie  seal ;  tlie  envelop  contained  two  letters : 
■,Ke  first  ehe  cast  her  eyea  n|>on  was  directed  ia  Lord  Cherbury's  hand. 
See  t.nmbled,  tore  it  open  aud  read  as  follows: 


,  do  yoQ  say  yon  never  will  receive 
j-eiuniary  favours  from  me.  ll  is  not  yoii.  but  I,  should  lie  under 
ot.igutioiu  from  their  am^ptanoe,  I  should  deem  myself  the  most 
U[./r;ttcfnl  of  mankind,  if  I  did  not  insist  on  carrj-iiig  [Ids  point:  I 
ft.n  just  returned  to  LoLiduii,  and  shali  immediately  order  my  lawyer 
to  Jraw  up  a  deed,  etitit.ltng  you  to  three  hundred  jionnds  a  year, 
which  when  completed  1  »hall  transmit  to  the  prioress  (as  I  have  this 
iettcr)  to  send  to  you,  I  am  sensitjie,  indeed,  tliat  i  never  can 
recompense  the  socrlGce  vun  have  made  me,  the  feelings  it  has 
uxuitei]  i  shall  not  attempt  to  express,  because  language  conid  never 
do  them  jastice ;  but  yon  may  conceive  what  1  mnst  firel  for  the  being 
who  hsi  preserved  me  from  dishonour  and  destmction.  laminformed 
Lord  Mortimer  has  left  Ireland,  and  theretbre  daily  expect  him  in  town. 
I  have  now  not  oi^  every  bo[ie,  hut  every  prospect  of  his  complying 
with  my  wishes ;  Tins,  I  imagine,  will  be  rather  pleasing  to  you  to 
hear,  that  j'ou  may  linow  tliut  the  sacrifice  yon  have  made  is  not 
made  in  vajn'  but  will  be  attended  with  all  the  good  conscouences  I 
expected  to  derive  from  it.  I  should  again  enjoy  n  tolerable  degree 
of  |>eace  were  I  assured  you  were  happy;  but  tiiis  is  an  assurance  I 
will  ho[«  noon  to  receive,  for  if  you  are  not  happy,  who  has  ■  right 
lo  expect  being  so?  you,  whose  virtoo  is  so  pure,  whose  generosity  ia 
SI)  noble,  so  heroic,  so  far  superior  to  any  I  have  ever  met  with. 

"Thai  in  this  world,  as  well  as  in  the  neit,  you  may  be  rcwnrdrd 
frr  ,L  is,  dear  madam,  the  sincere  wish  of  him,  who  has  Uie  lionoui 
III  BuWribe  himself 

'  Tonr  most  grateM,  most  obliged, 

"And  moit  obedient  hmnble  Kervani^ 


430  OBILDRSK     or     TUB     ABBBT. 

"Unfeeling  man!"  escluraed  Aicanda,  "howHtlle  is  jmw  he 
interested  in  wbat  jou  write,  and  fcow  slight  do  yon  make  of  I 
Bttcrifioe  I  liave  made  you,  how  cnelly  mention  yoor  hopes  whidi  i 
derived  from  the  destruction  of  nuQe.  No,  sooner  wonld  I  wanil 
from  door  to  door  for  charity,  than  lie  indebted  to  yonr  ostentAtifl 
gratitude  for  support,  yon  whose  treachery  and  vile  deceit  have  mtn 
my  linppiuess."  She  closed  the  letter,  and  oommitling  it  lo  t 
pocket,  took  op  the  other,  whitrb  she  taw  by  the  direction  woa  fr< 
her  dear  Mrs,  Bermot. 


"Ah!  my  dear  ohild,  why  e*tort  a  promise  from  me  of 
minute  in  relating  every  thing  which  bnppened  in  oonsequeoce 
your  departure,  a  promise  bo  solemnly  givt^n,  that  I  dare  ool  roo 
from  it;  yel  most  unwillingly  do  I  Keep  it,  sensible  as  I  am  tbat 
imelligenoe  I  have  to  commouicate  will  but  aggravate  yuir  sorrow 
Metliiiiks  I  hear  you  ejolaira  at  this;  aurely,  niy  dear  Mra.  Derma 
yon  who  know  my  disposition  and  temper  so  well,  might  suppo^ 
would  receive  such  intelligence  with  a  fortitude  and  patience  thi 
would  prevent  its  materially  injuring  me;  well,  my  dear,  lioping  "' " 
will  be  the  case,  I  begin,  without  further  delay,  to  commnuii 
pttrticnlors. 

"You  left  me,  you  may  remeniber,  about  three  o'clock;  I  t 

went  to  be«l,  bnt  so  fatigued  and  oppressed  1  could  scarcely  sleep, 

and  WAS  qnite  nnrefreshed  by  what  I  did  get.  After  prayeni' 
repaired  to  the  parlour,  where  the  assiduous  care  of  sister  Ifary  bl 
already  prepared  every  thing  for  your  breakfast  and  Lord  HoRjiner 
I  told  the  Bisters  not  to  appear  ^U  they  were  sent  for.  I  had 
been  long  alone  when  Lonl  Muirtmer  come  in,  cheerflit,  bl 
animated.  Never  did  I  see  happincsis  so  rtrongly  imprused  in 
countenance  sa  in  his;  he  looked  indeed  the  lover  about  rvcdi 
the  precions  reward  of  constancy.  He  asked  me  had  I  seen  y 
I  answered.  No.  lie  soon  grow  impatient,  said  you  were  a  iozy  i 
and  feared  you  would  make  a  bad  traveller.  Ho  then  rang  the 
and  desired  the  maid  to  go  and  call  yon.  Oh  I  my  dear  ^rL 
heart  almost  died  within  me  at  this  moment ;  1  averted  my  head 
pretended  to  be  luuhing  in  Uie  garden,  to  conceal  my  confusion.  ' 
maid  retiimed  in  a  few  Tninufcn,  and  said  you  were  not  above.  Tl 
said  Lord  Mortimer,  the  is  in  some  other  apartment,  pray  searcfi 
hasten  her  hither,  in  a  few  minutes  after  she  departed,  sifter  Uair, 
all  pale  and  breathless,  mshed  into  Uie  room.  "Oh,  heaven'sl"  cri«l 
she.  "  Miss  Fitzalan  cannot  be  fonnd,  but  here  are  two  letter*  I  fbond 
on  her  dressing  table,  one  for  yon,  madam,  and  one  fur  Ltird  liloni- 
mer."  I  know  not  how  he  .boked  at  this  instant,  I'ur  a  gnilcy  qod. 
e  over  his  mind,  which  prevented  my  roiaing  my  exw 
I  took  the  letti?r  in  silence,  opened,  but  bad  no  power* te 


rfnil  !t].  Sister  Mary  stooi]  hj  me,  wringing  hor  hands  and  weeping, 
HH  stio  e-TclaimB'!,  "What — what  does  she  say  to  toq)"  I  coiilil 
Tititlier  aiiawor  her  nor  move  till  a  (laep  sigh  or  rather  groan  from 
Lord  STonimer  rnnsed  me.  I  started  from  ray  soot,  (ind  porceiveil 
him  pnle  and  motiuDles.*,  the  letter  open  in  his  hand,  upon  which  his 
evo^  were  rivetted.  I  threw  open  the  garden  door  to  g^ve  him  air; 
tfiis  a  little  revived  him. 

"  Be  comfi)rted,  my  lord,"  snid  I.  He  shook  bis  head  monmfiilly, 
niid  waving  his  hand  for  me  neither  to  speak  or  follow  him,  piuseil 
into  the  garden.  "Blessed  heaven  I"  said  sister  Hary  agiun,  "what 
iloes  she  say  Ui  yon  ?"  I  gave  her  your  letter  and  desired  her  to  road 
i^  aloud,  for  the  tears  which  flowed  at  the  afibctiog  ai'tnation  of  Lord 
Mi'L'Iimer,  quite  ohsciired  my  sight ;  and  here  my  dear  child,  I  must 
ili!i'1nre  rhatyon  have  heen  too  generons,  and  sIeo,  that  the  sam  you 
Vtrnyod  gb  into  takintf,  is  but  eonsdered  as  a  !o8n  foros;  but,  to 
return  to  my  first  subject,  the  ftlnrm  concerning  yoa  now  became 
general,  and  the  nuns  crowded  into  the  room,  grief  and  consternation 
in  every  countenance.  In  abont  half  an  hour  I  saw  Lord  Mortuner 
retnriiing  to  the  porlnnr,  and  I  then  diaroisaed  them.  He  had  been 
eniie^ivnitring  To  compose  himself,  bnt  his  efforts  for  doing  so  wore 
'iieffectual.  He  trembled,  W(u  pale  us  death,  and  spoke  with  a  falter- 
in;;  voice.  He  gave  me  your  letter  to  read,  and  I  put  mine  into  his 
|]:ind.  "  Wall,  my  lord,"  said  I,  on  perusing  it,  "  we  mast  rather  pity 
til  an  condemn  her." 

"  From  ray  soul,"  cried  he,  "  I  pi^  her — I  pity  such  a  being  as 
AitiEinda  Fitsnlan,  for  being  the  slave,  the  prey  of  vice ;  but  she  has 
been  erne!  to  me,  she  hns  deceived,  inhomunely  deceived  me,  and 
bi.isteJ  my  peace  forever." 

■•  Ah,  my  lord  I"  I  repKed,  "  thongli  appearances  are  agair.jt  her,  I 
.^an  never  believe  her  guilty;  she  who  performed  all  the  dutiM  of  a 
child  as  Amanda  Fitzalan  did,  and  who,  to  my  certain  knowledge, 
was  preparing  herself  for  a  life  of  poverty,  can  never  be  a  victim  to 

"  Mention  her  no  more,"  cried  he,  "  her  name  is  like  a  dacf^r  to 
my  heart;  the  snspioions,  which  but  a  few  nighta  ago  1  ooaid  it&va 
liir.ed  myself  for  ontertdnlng,  are  now  confirmed;  they  intrnded  on 
my  mind  trom  seeing  Iklgrave  haunt  this  place,  and  IVom  finding  her 
secreteil  amidst  the  ruins  at  a  late  hour.  Ah,  heavens!  when  I 
noticed  her  coiifiLiion,  how  eittjly  did  she  exculpate  herself  to  a  lieart 
prepossessed  like  mine  in  her  favour.  Unhappy — onfortuoate  girl — 
tiad  and  pitiable  is  thy  fato !  bnt  may  on  early  repentance  snatcli  thee 
fniiQ  the  villain  who  now  trinmphs  in  thy  rain,  and  may  we,  since 
thus  iepamlod,  never  meet  aRaiu.  9o  well,"  continned  "he,  "aio  I 
convinced  of  the  cause  of  her  night,  that  lihall  not  make  one  inqniry 


cinld  touch  nothing,  and  said  he  must  return  directly  to  Oo.ttle  Oar- 
berry,  but  jiroiiiiHed  in  the  course  of  the  day  to  see  me  again.  I  fol- 
lowed him  into  the  hall;  aithe  sight  of  yooc  cotdKA^i.«i\i* *»««&- 


\ 


i-J2  cniLDEBK    or    thc    ibdb 

and  shrunk  back  with  ttist  kind  of  melsnclioly  horror  'Wfiieh  wef 
iiivDiiintnrily  fuel  wljen  viewing  any  tiling  lliftt  beli>iigei]  to  ft  dtU' 
\oil  Meliil.  I  HfLW  his  etnutious  were  sgonizhig;  he  lijtl'  bii  Jsce  irilkf 
lii«  hiuii!l:ercliiet  ami  with  a  liasly  slep  ttswrndwl  to  bii 
whiuli,  Willi  A  IravolUnjf  ohdse,  was  waiting  at  tlie  dtwr. 

"  I  i)WD  1  wan  often  terapted,  in  tha  ctmrae  of  conrerMitina,  to  tdi 
Iiiin  all  I  knew  about  you ;  bnt  the  promise  I  had  i^ven  yon  still  TVMf 
tu  my  view,  and  I  felt,  witlioat  your  iiormisaion,  I  cmM  [uit  break  it]' 
yet,  iny  dear,  it  is  siiooting  to  me  to  have  such  inipmatiuns  ca!4  oo 
you.  We  cannot  hlanie  Lord  MiTtinier  for  tham ;  situutcil  an 
are  with  liim,  your  cund^ial,  has  naturally  excited  the  most  ii^jut 
iinanicions ;  sureiy,  my  oliild,  thongli  not  allowed  to  solve  the  tay^Xberf* 
which  has  separated  you  frcm  him,  you  n  ay  ha  allowed  to  viuiiliamA 
your  condncl,  the  saarifioe  of  fame  and  hapinnesa  is  too  mnoli;  c 
aider  and  weigh  well  what  I  say,  and  if  possible,  anthorize  loe 
I  inform  Lord  Mortimer  that  I  know  of  your  retreat,  and  lliat  yoa' 
have  retired  neither  to  a.  lover  or  to  a  friend,  bnt  to  indigence  andj 
obsDurity,  led  tliitlier  by  a  fatal  necessity  which  yon  are  buUBil  Mt 
congeal,  and  feel  more  severely  from  tliat  circuinstnnce ;  be  w<mld,.£* 
am  conlident,  credit  my  words,  and  then,  instead  of  condeiiinittgiff 
vrould  join  me  in  pitying  you.  Ttie  more  I  reflect  on yonrunaccunn^ 
able  separation,  the  more  am  I  bewildered  in  conjectures  relutlre  b 
it,  and  convinced  more  strongly  than  ever  of  ttie  frailty  of  lilt  ~ 
ioy,  which,  like  a  smniner  cloud,  is  bright  hut  transitory  in  ib  S| 
dour. — Lord  Mortimer  had  left  the  convent  about  two  hours,  *ii" 
his  rnan  arrived  to  dismiss  the  traTelimg  chaise  and  BttendnnDs :  _ . 
went  oat  and  inquired  after  liis  lor<l.  "  He  is  verv  bad,  madanti*' 
said  he,  "  and  this  has  been  a  sad  rooming  for  ns  all."  Never,  rift 
dear  Miss  Fitzalan,  did  I,  or  the  sisterhood,  pass  so  melnncholy  ■  (Lqp>J 
About  five  in  the  afternoon  I  rec«ived  anotltcr  visit  from  Lord  Mmu 
timer;  I  was  alone  in  the  parlour,  whicli  he  entered  with  an  appearu 
ance  of  the  deepest  melancholy;  one  of  his  arras  was  in  a  abng;  \m 
was  terrided,  lest  he  and  Belgrave  had  met-^He  conjectured,  I  boOT, 
the  occasion  of  the  terror  my  ooantenance  expressed,  for  ho  unmewi 
atelv  «ud  he  hod  tieen  ill  on  retnrning  to  Castle  Carberry,  and  WM 
bled.    He  was  setting  otT  for  Dahlin  directiy,  he  said,  from  wh 

be  intended  to  embark  for  En^^lnnd;  but  1  coald  not  depart,  my 

good  friend,  (continued  he,)  without  bidding  you  farewell :  bealdci  £| 
want  to  assure  you,  that  any  promise  winch  the  unfortnnnte  fft 
made  yon  in  my  name  I  aliall  hold  sacred.     I  knew  he  alluded  to  thi 
fifty  ;ionnda  which  he  desired  you  to  tell  me  should  be  annuAllj 
remitted  to  onr  honse;  I  instantly  therefore  replied,  that  ^ra  h« 
already  been  rewarded  bevond  onr  expectation  or  desires  for  an^ 
little  attention  we  showed  Miss  Fitzalan:  but  iila  generous  rtsolatioai 
waa  not  to  be  shaken.     lie  looked  weak  and  exhausted.     I  begnd-i^ 
permission  to  make  tea  for  him  ere  he  commenced  bis  journey,     lifl 
consented.     I  went  out  of  the  room  to  order  in  the  things.     Wl 
returned  he  was  standing  at  the  window  which  looked  into  the  nt* 
den,  M  absorbed  in  metHtation,  be  did  not  bear  m«.    T  board  U^ 


Lccunn^ 
itlre  ti9d 
liitinaM 
AsplaM 


CBiLbBSS    or    mi    mnEir.  438 

•or,  "  ctnel  Amonilal  is  i(  tLns  you  liave  rewarded  my  siitTiTings  1" 
I  Votreate'l  lest  lie  should  be  conftLied  by  supposing  liiuiself  over- 
heard, and  did  not  retain  till  the  maid  brought  in  the  lea  tiling. 

"  When  he  arose  to  depart  he  looked  wavering  aiid  agitated,  as  if 
thero  waa  Bomething  on  hia  mind  he  wanted  cotirage  to  say.    At  last, 
"■    ''   I  deadly  paleness  of  liis  compWioii  gave 
aid,  "I  left  Mis*  FiUalan'*  letter  with 

"Ah!  my  dear!  never  did  man  love  woman  better  than  he  did, 
than  lie  now  lovea  yon.  I  took  the  letter  from  my  pocket,  and  pr^ 
seuied  It  to  him.  He  put  it  in  \m  bosom  with  an  emotion  Ibni 
shoot  his  whole  frame.  I  bailed  Ihia  aa  a  favourable  opportunity  for 
og^n  speaking  in  yonr  favour :  I  hid  him  retrospect  your  post  actions. 
nud  judge  from  them  whether  yon  conld  be  gnilly  of  a  crime. — He 
s-iopped  me  short;  and  begged rae  to  drop  a  subject  he  wa%  unable  to 
tiear.  Had  he  been  leas  t^radnloos  he  said,  he  should  now  have  been 
much  happier:  then  wrin^ng  my  hand  he  bid  me  farewell,  in  n  voice 
nnd  witJi  a  look,  that  drew  tears  from  me.  "  Ali,  my  dear  matlaml" 
cried  he,  "wlien  thb  day  eommnicod,  how  differently  did  I  think  it 
would  have  terminated." 

*'  1  attended  him  to  his  ctorikfrat  he  was  obliged  to  lean  upon  his 
man  as  he  ascended  it,  and  liia  kiolc^  and  agitation  proclaimed  the 
deepest  distress.  I  hare  sent  repeatedly  to  Castle  Carberry  since  his 
departure  to  inquire  about  him,  and  have  been  informed,  that  tliey 
cTpect  to  hear  nothing  of  him  till  Lord  Cherbnry'e  agent  cornea  fnut 
the  country,  which  will  not  be  these  tliree  months. 

"I  have  heard  much  of  tlie  good  he  did  in  the  neighbourhood:  ba 
WM  a  honDteous  and  benevolent  spirit  indeed ;  to  our  commuDity  ho 
liM  been  s  liberal  benefactor,  and  our  praters  ore  daily  omred 
up  for  his  restoration  to  health  and  tranqnilhty.  Among  his  other 
actions,  wlien  in  Dublin,  about  three  months  ago,  he  ordered  a  monn- 
ment  to  the  memory  of  Captain  Fitialan,  which  has  been  brought 
down  since  your  departure,  and  pot  into  the  parish  church  where  he 
'.s  interred.  1  sent  sister  Uary  and  another  of  the  nnns  the  other 
evening  to  see  it,  and  tliey  brought  me  a  description  of  it;  It  is  a 
white  marble  urn,  ornamented  witli  a  foliage  of  laurel,  and  standing 
upon  k  pedestal  of  gre^',  on  which  the  name  of  the  deceased,  and 
words  to  the  following  tfltct,  are  inscribed,  namely,  "  That  he  whose 
uemor}'  it  perpetuate^  performed  the  duties  of  a  christian  and  a 
loldior,  with  a  fidelity  and  leal  that  now  warrants  hia  eujojiiig  a 
blessed  recompense  for  both." 

'• !  know  this  proof  of  respect  to  your  father  will  deeply  affect  tou  ; 
but  I  would  not  omit  teUing  it,  because,  though  it  will  aflccl,  1  am 
confident  it  will  also  please  you.  Tbe  lute  erenle  have  nast  a  gloom 
ir  spirits.    Sister  Mary  now  prays  more  thsn  ever,  and  yon 


know  I  have  often  told  her  she' 
It  is  a  bad  world  ahe  says 


3nlv  fit  for  a  religious  v._  _ 

onJ  ahe  is  glud  she  has  so  little 


u  longing  to  bear  from  you.    Pray  t«ll  ta^Ww  ■^wi.XCsJi'M.t^ 


UacpherwD;  1  have  Dot  seen  Iter  since  iier  youth,  and  j«mt  ol 
produce  aa  great  a  change  in  tlie  temper  as  ihe  t'ace ;  at  any  rAl«  jr 
present  eitnatioD  is  too  obscure  for  ;oa  to  coutinue  in,  ami  as  eooi 
your  thoughts  are  collected  and  composed  jou  must  look  out 
aoothof.  I  hope  joa  nill  he  conatant  ta  writing;  but  I  tell  ; 
beforebiuid,  jou  mtist  uot  expect  me  to  be  punctual  in  inj  anawen 
have  beea  ao  long  disused  to  vriting,  and  my  eyes  are  grotrs 
weak;  thia  letter  has  been  the  work"  of  many  daj^  be^iilas,  1  h. 
really  nothing  interesting  to  eomrauuicalo :  whenever  1  Jiave,  ; 
may  be  assured  I  shall  not  lo^e  a  moment  in  inforiuing  you. 

"  The  woman  was  extremely  thankl'id  for  the  five  guineas  you  ' 
her.  Lord  Mortimer  sent  five  more  by  his  man,  so  that  itlie  lUii 
herself  well  rewarded  for  any  trouble  or  disappoiutmeut  she  eiyi 
enccd. — If  you  wish  to  have  any  of  your  thlngn  sent  to  you,  actios 
me,  you  know  I  shall  never  want  an  opportunity  by  the  master  of 
vessel,  lie  speaks  largely  of  your  geiierttdty  to  liitn,  and  ezpr«8 
much  pity  ot  seeing  so  young  a  person  in  such  melancholy.  1 
heaven,  if  it  does  not  remove  the  source,  at  loast  leascu  thia  mel 

"  If  possible,  allow  rae  to  write  to  Lord  Mortimer,  and  vindic 

£oa  from  t]>e  unworthy  auspicinns  he  euterinJn)!  of  yon:  I  ko 
e  would  believe  me,  aud  I  should  do  it  without  distuvering  y 
retreat.  Farewell,  my  dear  girl;  T  reoommend  yon  constantly  ta 
oare  of  heaven,  aud  b^  yuu  to  belicTe  yon  will  ever  be  deAr  i 
interesting  to  the  heart  of  I^ij^ahrtk  DanMOV.' 

"St.  CatharimU." 


Poor  Amanda  we|>t  over  this  letter.  "I  have  ruined  Ilie  hea! 
the  peace  of  Lord  Uortimer,"  she  exclaimed,  "and  he  now  exccrt 
me  as  the  eource  of  bis  unhappiness.  Olit  Lord  Cherbr.ry,  L 
severely  (to  I  suffer  for  your  crime  1"  Slio  began  to  think  her  vir 
had  been  too  heroic  in  the  sacritice  she  had  made;  bat  this  ^ 
a  tr.iiisient  idea,  for  when  she  reflecteil  on  the  diepoaition  of  L 
Cherbnry,  she  was  convinced  the  divulgetnent  of  his  secret  wo 
have  been  followed  by  his  death,  and  great  as  was  licr  present  wr«i 
«dnea^  she  felt  it  light  compared  to  the  horrors  she  knew  aha  wu 
experience,  could  ahe  occuao  herself  of  being  accessary  ta  sr^ch 
event ;  she  now  drank  deeply  of  the  cnp  of  misery,  but  consia'vtis  i 
litnde,  in  some  degree,  lessened  ita  noxious  bitterness.  She  reso!' 
to  caution  Urn.  Dermot  against  mentioning  her  in  any  manner 
Lord  Mortimer,  She  was  well  convinced  he  would  believe  no  nse 
mtition  of  her  innocence,  and  even  if  he  did,  what  end  ooulc 
arswer?  Iheir  union  wat  opposed  by  an  obstacle  not  ta  be  snrmoi 
»l  if  he  poiicht  and  discovert'd  ber  retrent,  ir  ivmihl  rmly  l.-n. 


435 


new  sorrows,  porliapa  occflsion  aome  dreadful  catastrophe.  "We  are 
»o[iarated,"  cried  site,  folding  ber  liands  together,  "  forever  separated 
id  tliia  world,  bm  in  heaven  we  ahall  again  be  re-iinitcd." 

Absorbed  in  the  reflectiona  and  norrow  this  letter  gave  rise  to,  she 
remuned  in  her  seat  till  Mrs.  Macjiherson''s  Utile  girl  suddenly 
ap[>eared  before  her,  and  said  her  mistress  hail  made  tea,  and  was 
woriderini^  what  kept  her  so  !ong. 

Amanda  inalaiitlj  arose,  and  carefully  pulling  up  ihe  letter  returned 
to  tlie  house  where  she  found  Mrs.  Macpberson  in  a  very  bftd 
nnmour.  She  grumbled  exceedingly  at  Amanda's  staying  out  so 
long,  and  taking  notice  of  her  eyes  being  red  and  swelled,  said, 
*'  indeed  she  believed  she  was  right  in  supposing  she  liad  got  a  love- 
letter." 

Amanda  made  no  reply,  and  the  evening  passed  away  in  peevish* 
nesa  on  one  side,  and  silence  ou  the  other. 

The  charm  which  had  hitherto  rendered  Amanda's  situation  tolera- 
ble, was  now  dissolved,  as  Mrs.  Dermot  had  said  ahe  woold  write  but 
seldom,  and  scarcely  eipected  to  have  anything  interesting  to  relate ; 
she  would  gladly,  therefore,  have  left  Mrs.  Mflcpheraon  immediately, 
but  she  knew  not  where  to  go.  She  resolved,  however,  ere  winter 
was  entirely  set  in,  to  request  Mrs.  Dermot  to  look  oat  for  some  other 
lilaie  for  her ;  aa  she  had  connesiona  in  Scotland,  she  tlionght  aha 
might  recommend  her  to  them  aa  a  governess,  or  a  fit  peraon  to  do 
Gae  works  for  a  lady. 

She  arose  long  before  her  nsnal  hour  tbe  next  morning,  and  wrote 
a  letter  expressive  of  her  wtsbee  and  intentions  to  Mrs.  Dermot, 
whicli  she  sent  by  a  poor  man  who  lived  near  the  house  to  the  poet- 
Ir.wn  rewarding  him  liberally  for  hi)  trooble. 


THE     iBBSr 


CHAPTER  XLm. 


ho]tiyio(WHi«iti!p, 


The  Imift  tecurlfj'^  kDd  muluAl  teatteTnai 

FiieQdHhJp,  our  onlj-  vcihlih.  aur  tut  reircfct  uiil  fltrcnftb, 
Bccore  ftcalnvL  Ul  fortuiw  aaU  tb«  world  t 

Auosa  Mrs.  Macphereon's  pupila  were  two  little  girls,  who  p.eosed 
uid  interested  Amaada  greatly. — Tlieir  Tatlier,  for  whom  they  wera 
in  mourning,  had  purialicd  in  a  violent  storm,  and  tlieir  mother  hsd 
jiined  in  health  and  spirits  ever  since  the  fatal  nrcident — the  kindueu 
ivitli  which  Amanda  trenlcd  tliein,  ihuy  re|>aid  wiUi  grntttnde  and 
itteniion ;  it  had  a  double  effect  upon  their  httle  hearths  fKiin  btuig 
cuniraste<l  with  the  sour  antterity  of  Mrs.  Macpherson;  they  told 
Amanda,  in  a  whi9|)er,  one  morning,  that  their  maiuuia  was  coming 
to  see  tlieir  dear,  good  Fronoea  Donald. 

Accordingly,  in  the  course  of  the  day,  Mrs.  Duncan  canie;  sne  wm 
jonng  and  pleasing  in  her  appearance ;  her  weeds  and  deep  d^cctioa 
rendered  her  a  most  interesting  ohject.  She  sat  hy  Amanda,  and  look 
AH  opportunity,  while  Mrs  Macpherson  was  engaged  with  some  of 
the  children,  to  teli  her  in  a  low  voice,  "  she  was  truly  obliged  ta  htf 
for  the  groat  attention  and  kindness  ebe  slio'nred  ber  little  girls,  ho 
unlike  their  former  treatment  at  the  school.  The  task  of  instmcting 
them  was  hers,"  she  said,  "  till  her  dechning  health  and  spirits  ren- 
dered her  ^o  longer  able  to  bear  it."  Amanda  assured  her,  "it  wai 
a  pleasure  t^i  Instruct  minds  so  docile  and  sweet  tempered  as  theirs." 
Mrs.  Doncan,  as  she  rose  to  depart,  asked  her  and  Mrs.  Macpherson  Ut 
tea  that  evening,  wluch  invitation  was  instantly  accepted  by  Mrs. 
Macpherson,  who  was  eitretnely  fond  of  being  sociable  every  where 
but  in  her  own  bouse.  Mrs.  Duncan  hved  bnt  a  little  distance,  and 
every  thing  in  and  about  the  bouHe  was  ueat  and  comfortable,  tihe 
had  an  old  neighbour  In  the  [larlonr,  who  kept  Mrs.  Macpherson  in 
chat,  and  gave  her  an  opportnnity  of  conversing  freely  with  Amanda. 
Slie  mai'ked  the  delicacy  of  her  looks,  she  fiatd,  "She  believed  shs 
■wu  Ul  qualified  to  endure  so  fatiguing  a  liTe  an  her  prauut."     Sli* 


HI 


mentioned  her  own  lonely  and  nielanoliolj  life,  and  the  bappineas  shB 
TToiild  (I'Hvo  frbm  liaviag  such  a  ooinpaniou,  and  Bxpre^sed  her  bopei 
of  often  ei^ojing  her  society.  Amanda  sud  'liis  woold  be  iin]>o3sibIa 
without  disobliging  Hrs.  Hacpherson,  and  Urs.  Dnncan  on  reflectiun 
aUowod  it  wuQld  be  so.  Slie  tlien  iDijuired  if  she  ever  walked: 
Amanda  replied  she  did,  and  was  asked  where  she  generally  rambled ; 
by  tjie  sea  side  slie  replied. 

Mrs.  Dancati  sighed  deeply,  and  her  eye^  filled  with  tears:  "it  it 
Lbere  I  generally  ramble  loo,"  said  she.  This  led  to  ttie  mention  of 
lier  late  loss  ;  "  Mr.  Dmican  had  been  tlie  kindest,  beat  of  husbands." 
the  said  ;  "  the  first  years  of  their  marriage  were  attfioded  with  dilH- 
nultles,  which  were  jost  removed  when  he  was  lost  on  a  party  of 
iileasure  with  several  others.  It  was  some  consolation,  however," 
continued  Mrs.  Duncan,  ''that  the  body  was  oast  upon  the  shore, 
u.  J  I  had  the  power  of  paying  the  last  ritea  of  decency  and  respect  to 
dim." 

In  short,  between  her  and  Amanda  there  appeared  a  mutual  fiym- 
pathy,  which  rendered  them  truly  interesting  to  each  other.  From 
this  period  tliey  met  generally  every  evening,  and  passed  many  hunrs 
on  "  t!ie  sea-beat  shore,"  talking  and  often  weeping  over  "joys 
departud  never  to  return  I"  Ura.  Duncan  was  too  delicate  to  inijuire 
into  Amanda's  former  situation,  but  was  too  well  oonviuced  it  had  been 
very  different  from  her  pi-oseut  one.  Amanda,  however,  of  her  own 
accord,  told  t:er  what  she  bod  told  Mrs.  Macplierson,  respecting  her- 
telf.  Mrs.  Duncan  lamented  her  misfortunes,  but  since  she  had  met 
them,  blessed  the  happy  chance  which  conducted  her  near  her  habi* 

A  month  passed  in  this  manner,  when  one  evening,  at  the  UKnal 
place  of  meeting,  Mrs.  Duncan  told  her,  "that  she  beheved  sha 
should  soon  be  quitting  that  part  of  the  country."  Anionda  started, 
and  turned  pale  at  this  disagreeable  intelligence.  She  ha<l  received 
no  answer  to  her  tetter  thtm  Mrs.  Dermot,  oonsetiuently  dreaded  that 
Decessitj  would  ct)mi)el  her  to  remain  in  her  present  situation,  nni! 
on  Mrs.  I)uncan^s  luuiiity  she  lind  dfpcnded  for  rendering  it  bi-arahlc 

''  I  have  bxen  invited,  my  dear  girl,"  said  Mrs.  Dnncan,  leaning  ou 
arm,  as  they  walked  np  and  down  the  beach,  "lo  reside  with  an 
I  knot,  who  has  always  been  kind,  and  was  particularly  so  to  ma  ia  idt 


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distrcs?.  Slie  lives  itboQt  ten  miles  from  tlila,  nt  an  o!J  placi 
Danre«tli  Abbey,  of  wliich  she  is  hou.wkeeper,  Have  yon  e-^er  heard 
cf  it!"  Amaada'a  agiUIion,  at  hearing  her  mother's  native  hab;ta- 
liaa  mentioned,  is  not  to  be  described;  her  Letirt  palpitated;  she  felL 
her  colour  cliauge,  and  said  Ye«,  and  No,  to  Mrs.  Duncan,  witliout 
knovrint;  wbat  she  answered ;  then  recollecting  herself,  she  replied, 
"slie  had  heard  of  it." 

"  Well,  Ibeo,  my  dear,"  continued  Mrs.  Duncan,  "  mj  aunt,  as  I 
have  already  told  you,  is  housekeeper  tliere;  elie  lives  in  great  gtaa^ 
denr,  for  it  is  a  magnificent  old  teat,  and  has  the  absolute  co 
of  everytlung,  aa  none  of  tJie  fiunily  linve  resided  at  it  since  the  £ar] 
of  Da  breath's  decease. 

"  My  sunt  is  lately  grown  weary  of  the  profound  solitude  in  whicL 
Hbe  Uvea,  and  has  luked  me,  in  a  letter  which  1  received  this  a 
ing,  to  go  immediately  and  take  up  iny  reaidenoe  with  lier,  promiung 
if  I  do  she  will  leave  everything  she  is  worth  to  me  ai>d  my  ohildnn, 
and  as  her  salary  is  very  good,  1  know  she  muat  have  saved  a  good 
deal;  this  is  a  very  tempting  offer,  and  I  am  only  witbhdd  from 
accepting  it  directly,  by  the  fear  of  dopnTing  my  children  of  tha 
advantages  of  education." 

"Why,"  said  Amanda,  "what  they  learn  at  Mre.  UacpheTson'a 
they  could  easily  learn  anywhere  else." 

"And  I  intended,  when  they  were  a  little  older,"  replied  iin. 
Dunoan,  "  to  go  to  some  one  of  tlie  neighbouring  towns  wit^  Lheto ; 
if  I  once  go  to  my  annt,  I  must  entirely  relinquish  sach  an  idea,  utd 
to  a  boordiiig-aliool  I  oould  not  send  them,  for  1  have  not  fottilud*  tr 
bear  separation  Irom  tijcin;  wliat  I  wi.sli,  therefore,  is  to  procniWA 
person  who  would  be  at  ouoe  a  pleasing  companioa  for  me,  and  an 
eligible  gnverness  for  them ;  with  such  n  iiereon,  Uie  aolitiide  of  Dsn- 
reath  Abbey  would  be  rattier  agreeable  tliun  irksome  to  me." 

She  looked  camet^Ily  at  Amatiila  as  she  spoke,  and  Amanda's  heart 
began  to  throb  with  hope  and  agitation,  "  In  short,  my  dtor  girl," 
continued  she,  "yon.  of  all  others,  to  be  expicit,  are  the  person  I 
would  choose  to  bring  along  with  mo;  your  sweet  sodtty  lroal<5 
alleviiito  my  sorrows,  and  your  elegant  accomiilislimeuls  give  to  toy 
children  all  the  advantages  I  desire  theni  to  possess." 

"  I  am  nut  only  flattered,  but  happy  by  your  prepussMrfon  i>  ay  , 
favour,"  replied  Amanda. 


4SI* 


"I  mil  jileitsiiil  »«  ajfreo  iu  |>«iiic  onitcliuatiwu,"  uuid  ilj^,  Duiieau, 
"but  1  must  D«w  iulunn  ;i>u  llikt  niy  auut  Ubs  lUwitya  butiii  bvur^e  li: 
■dmit  any  strftng^r  lo  Uie  Abbey:  wliy,  I  know  ciut,  uico;;>l  il.  is  by 
<lie  couiNiitiiils  uf  th«  Ikuiily.  and  aha  leUi  me  in  her  leitcr.  llm^  If  I 
accept  her  invilutiuu,  I  muet  not,  on  ouj  auoonut,  kt  it  be  kauwn 
■vliere  I  am  removing  to;  I  dare  not,  tlierofore,  bring  yuu  with  me 
witliout  her  permission;  but  I  shali  writ«  immediately,  and  request 
it.  In  the  coorse  ol'  a  day  or  two,  I  may  expect  an  answer^  in  tlie 
mean  time,  give  Mrs.  Macpherson  no  intimation  of  our  present 
intentions,  lest  they  sliould  be  defeated.  AmtuiJa  promised  Nhti 
wonld  not,  and  tltey  Beparated. 

She  was  uow  in  a  state  of  the  greatest  ngitalion,  at  tlie  piohiibility 
there  was  that  she  might  Tiait  tlie  seat  of  ber  ancestoi-d.  blie  diitaded 
a  diMppointiitent,  and  feit  tliat  if  alie  went  tliere  a&  the  (.>om)iaiiion  of 
M.n.  iHinuan,  she  sliould  be  better  uinated  than,  a  few  hours  before, 
sfae  bod  ever  ex^ieoted  to  be  again.  Two  eveoings  afler  bor  conver- 
sation with  Mrs.  Duncan,  ou  going  to  the  beach  to  meet  ber,  alie  «aw 
Iier  Bpiiroauliing  witli  an  open  letter  in  her  liond,  and  a  smile  on  Iter 
iiico,  which  iafunned  her  its  coul«nt£  were  pleasing.  Tbey  were  ao, 
indeed,  as  tliey  gave  permission  to  have  Amanda  bronglit  to  the 
'Ab1>ey,  provided  she  promised  inviolable  secrecy  as  to  where  shewai) 
going.  This  Amanda  cheerfoliy  did,  and  Mrs.  Duncan  uud,  she  had 
coma  aillura  to  settle,  which  would  prevent  their  departore  for  a  few 
Aayi:  at  whatever  time  she  appointed,  her  aunt  was  to  send  a  car- 
riage for  them,  and  it  was  agreed  that  Mrs.  Macplicr»on  should  be 
informed  iirs.  Dnncan  woa  leaving  that  part  of  the  country,  and  had 
engaged  Amanda  as  a  governess  to  ber  children, 

Mrs.  Duncan  then  mentioned  her  own  torma.  Ainfltido  awnred 
her  an  idea  of  them  had  never  entered  her  thot;ghts.  Mrs.  Duncan 
said  she  was  sure  of  tliat,  but  at  the  same  time  tliought  between  Ibe 
most  intimalo  friunds  eiactoess  iibonld  be  preeerve<l.  Every  tiling 
l>eing  settled  to  their  mutual  Mtis&ction  they  sepuraied,  and  the 
following  day,  a^er  schixil  broke  up  Amanda  informed  Mrs,  Mac- 
fherma  of  ber  intended  departnrv.  The  old  dame  was  thunder- 
ruck,  and  for  some  time  nnable  to  speak,  but  when  she  recovered 
B«  of  her  tongue,  expressed  the  ntraost  rnge  and  indignation 
it  Amanda,  Mk.  Duncan,  and  the  Prioress;  ngaiiiBt  the  first  for 
hinkiug  of  leaving  her,  the  second  for  inveiKling  hit  ownj,  and  tbe 


440 


BBIT. 


t[;ird  f'.r  reporameinling  tt  person  wlio  conld  eerrt  her  tn  esd)  • 
mjuier.  Wtien  she  stupped,  «xlma9[<.-d  tij  Ler  viulunoa,  AidmiiU 
UK>k  the  <ip]>ortuiiil7  of  assuring  her  tliat  she  had  do  rea&on  to  oai>- 
demn  any  uf  them,  as  for  her  part,  jirevinUH  to  Hn.  l)aneaii't  otSti, 
sb«  inleDdi,-d  to  leavo  ber,  being  unable  to  bear  a  life  of  sncb  fatifw : 
ibnt,  an  Ijer  removal  would  Dot  be  iminedialo,  Vn.  Uaupbersu'C  b>i:lJ 
iotftir  no  iUGODVunteDre  by  it,  iLere  bclog  tiuie  «nuugb  To  look  ont  !V>t 
anoElier  person  ere  it  t<iok  place:  but  tbt  truui  now  broke  fron  ittt. 
Macplierson,  angry  as  abb  wub  with  Amanda,  sbe  could  not  help  eo«- 
fessing,  that  slie  never  again  expected  lo  meet  nitb  S  p4M^03  to  tnH 
(jualilied  to  pieaf«  her,  aud  a  torrent  of  bitter  repruacbea  o^it  bani 
forth  for  ber  quitting  btr. 

Amanda  relented  tiioiii  not,  but  did  all  in  her  power  to  nu>!Jfy 
her;  as  the  most  efiecluol  method  of  doiug  so,  she  declaivd  i>ht 
meant  to  lake  no  recompense  for  the  time  ebe  bad  been  with  liv, 
■od  added,  if  she  had  her  permission,  sbe  would  writs  Ihftl  Tcrj 
evening  to  Urs.  ])ennot  about  a  wotuan  ehe  bad  seen  tA  the  o<>iiv«nt, 
whom  ulie  tlioiigbt  well  qualified  to  be  ou  asuistaDt  in  ber  nhooL 
This  Was  the  woman  who  bod  been  engaged  to  attend  Ler  to  ^"gUlHI.      . 


compuiion,  and  two  iloj*s  after  the  receipt  of  tlie  letter,  Mrs.  DnnMui 
lold  Amanda  their  juuruej  nos  Sxed  for  the  ensuing  du;,  and  begged 
Amaoda  to  sleep  ut  lier  house  that  niglit,  to  vhich  she  gladly  ooa- 
■ent«J ;  according);  afler  dinner  she  took  leave  of  Mi's.  Uacpherson, 
who  g.-^iubled  out  a  ferett'ell,  and  a  hope  tliat  gho  might  not  have 
reaaou  to  repent  quitting  her,  fur  the  old  todj  nan  so  iDcensed  to  have 
tlie  phtue  Mrs.  Duncan  waa  goicig  to,  concealed  from  her,  that  all  her 
ill  humour  had  retuined.  Amanda  with  a  pleuaure  «ho  could  Gcurobly 
ooDceol,  quitted  her  luhospitaLle  mansion,  and  attended  by  a  man 
who  carded  her  trank,  Boon  found  herself  at  Ura.  Duncan's,  where 
she  was  recBiveU  with  every  demonstration  of  joy.  The  evonin;; 
p&9»ed  Etocinbly  away ;  they  arose  early  in  the  morning,  and  bad  jnEt 
breakfasted  when  the  ei[)ected  carriago  flram  Dnnreath  Abbey  arrived; 
it  wait  a  heavy,  old- fashioned  chaiae,  on  whose  faded  panel;^  the  arms 
of  the  Dunreath  family  were  atill  visible.  Mrs.  Duncan's  luggage 
had  been  sent  off  the  preceding  day,  so  that  there  was  nothing  now 
lo  delay  them.  Kra.  Duncan  made  Amanda  and  the  children  go  into 
the  cluuse  before  her,  but  detained  by  an  emotion  of  the  moat  painful 
nature,  she  lingered  some  time  ujmn  the  threshold  ;  she  lould  not 
Indeed  depart  from  the  habitation,  where  she  Lad  part  su  many  happy 
days  with  tJie  man  of  her  tendereat  affections,  without  a  llood  of 
tea's,  ■»hic!i  spoke  the  bitterness  of  her  feehngs.  Amanda  knew  too 
well  l!:e  nature  of  those  feelings  to  attempt  restraining  tliein ;  but  Ihc 
Bttle  children,  impatient  to  begin  their  Jom'ney,  called  out  tti  their 
mamma  to  come  into  the  cmrjage.  She  alarted  when  they  spoke, 
but  instantly  complied  with  their  desire:  and  when  tliej  exprosaeti 
Iheir  grief  at  seeing  her  cheeks  wet  with  tears,  kissed  them  both,  and 
taid  she  would  soon  recover  iier  sjiiiits ;  she  accordingly  exerted  her- 
»alf  for  that  purpose,  and  was  soon  in  a  condition  to  converse  with 
Amanda.  The  day  was  fine  and  serene:  they  travelled  leisnrely,  for 
the  hor«e«  had  long  outlived  Uieir  mettlesome  days,  and  gave  ihem  an 
opportunity  of  ationtively  viewing  the  prospects  on  each  side,  whieli 
wiire  various,  romantic,  and  bentitifid ;  the  novelty  of  tlie  Bv«ues,  the 
Uiiiagreeable  place  she  had  left,  and  tlie  idea  of  the  place  slio  was 
going  to,  helped  a  tittle  to  enliven  llie  pensive  soul  of  Amanda,  end 
slie  enjoyed  a  greater  degree  uf  trampiillity  than  she  had  befo.t; 
eiporionred  nioee  her  sepAraliou  from  Lord  Mortimer. 


caiLOBiji    iw    Tui 


CHAPTER    SLIV. 


I 


'*  Mt  <!car,  ilcw  Finny,"  aaid  Mrs.  Dunoaa,  addrassiDg  our  tiCfmM 
li^  Iicr  borrowed  name,  "if  at  all  iLclincil  tu  eupMstitiao,  joa  ir* 
now  guing  to  d  plnco  which  will  call  it  forth.  Donreatfa  Abbq;  U 
Uutlilo  and  gloomy  In  the  extreme,  and  recolk  to  one'a  mind  tH  the 
atoriM  Uiejr  evei  board  ol  liannted  hoases  and  »pp&riUoDK  tba  ^w 
tlun  or  iJia  natire  inhabitants  haa  htutcned  Uie  depredatioua  of  tiiat, 
whoiiD  ravages  are  unrepaired,  eieept  in  the  part  immediately  noeapM 
by  tlio  doineslicBi  yet  what  ia  tlie  duuige  of  the  bnilding  coin|>and 
to  the  revolution  whicb  took  place  in  the  fortnces  of  her  wlig  odm 
behold  a  prospect  of  being  its  mistress ;  the  earl  of  Dnnreath'a  eldat 
tlaughter,  a»  I  liave  often  heard  trom  many,  was  &  Mlebraled  bean^ 


CHiLunan    or 


443 


Earl's  death  she  belra}-ed  a  partiality  fur  a  man  every  waj  bllerior 
to  h«r,  wl  ich  [ittitiality,  people  liave  not  scrupled  to  say,  oomtnenced, 
u)d  was  iniiulged  to  a  urjimnal  degree  during  the  lire-time  of  her 
husband.  8tie  wculd  have  married  hiia  had  not  ter  daughter,  the 
Marchioness  of  !loE!in«,  int^rfervd.  Pruud  and  ambitioaa,  her  rage 
St  the  prospect  of  anoh  an  alliance  knew  no  hounds,  and  seconded  by 
the  iniu-qui«,  whose  dupositiun  was  cuugonial  to  her  own,  thuy  gut 
the  unfortunate  mother  into  their  power,  and  hurried  her  off  to  a 
ODDvent  in  France.  1  know  not  whether  she  is  yet  living;  indeed  I 
believe  there  are  few  either  know  or  care,  she  was  ao  much  disliked 
for  her  hanghty  disposition.  I  have  eornetimes  asked  mj  aout  abont 
her,  hat  she  would  never  gratify  my  curiosity.  She  has  been  brought 
up  in  the  family,  and  no  doubt  thinks  herself  bound  to  oouceal 
whatever  they  choose. 

''  She  lives  in  ease  and  plenty,  and  in  absolute  roistreas  of  the  few 
dumestitJ!  that  reside  in  the  Abbey;  but  of  tliose  domestics  I 
oaution  yon  in  time,  or  they  will  be  apt  to  fill  your  head  with  fright- 
Ital  stories  of  the  Abbey,  which  sometimes,  if  one's  spirits  are  wwik, 
In  spite  of  reason,  will  make  an  impression  on  the  mind.  They  pre- 
tend that  tlie  Earl  of  Dnnreath'a  first  wife  haunts  the  Ahhey,  venting 
the  most  piteong  moans,  which  they  ascribe  to  grief  for  the  anfortu- 
Bate  fate  of  her  datighter,  and  that  daughter's  children  being  deprived 
of  their  rightful  patrimony. 

"I  honestly  confeaa,  when  at  tlio  Abbey  a  few  years  ago,  during 
wme  distreaws  of  my  husband's,  1  heard  strange  noises  one  evening 
at  twilight,  B»  1  walked  insgallery.  I  told  my  anntof  them,  andahe 
was  quii«  anfnr  at  the  involantary  terror  I  expressed,  and  said  it  waa 
nothing  but  the  wind  whistling  through  some  adjoining  galleriea 
Whioh  I  hjard.  But  this  my  dear  Fanny,"  said  Mrs.  Duncan,  who  on 
■oconnt  of  her  children  had  contiaued  the  latter  part  of  her  discourse, 
ioalow  voice,  "is  all  between  otirselves;  for  my  aunt  declared  sha 
would  never  pardon  my  mentioning  my  ridioalous  fears,  or  the  yet 
more  ridiculous  fears  of  the  servants,  to  any  haman  being." 

Amanda  listened  in  silence  to  Mrs.  Duncan's  discourse,  fearful  that 
if  slie  spoke  the  should  betray  the  emotions  it  eicited. 

They  at  \mt  entered  between  the  mountains  that  enclosed  the 
valley  on  which  the  Abbey  stood.  The  scene  was  solemn  and  solilorj. 
Every  prospect,  eiMpt  one  of  tb«  >es,  soea  throngh  an  aiiorturc  in  one 


of  themoimUJiis,  wa»  exuludod.  Scraeof  tbeun: 
oraggj  and  projecting;  others  were  akirted  with  ti-ees,  robed  with 
vivid  green,  and  crowned  with  whit«  acd  yellow  furic:  soma  w«r< 
all  a  wood  of  inMnningled  shades,  and  others  covered  with  long  sod 
purple  heath;  varionii  Btreoma  Uowed  from  them  into  the  vallaf,  somo 
stole  gentlj  down  their  sides  in  silver  rills,  giving  beauty  and  vigour 
wherever  they  meandered;  others  tumbled  from  fragment  to  frag- 
ment, with  a  noise  not  undelightfiil  to  the  ear,  and  formed  fur  them- 
selves a  deep  bod  in  the  valley,  over  which  troef,  that  appeared  ooend 
with  the  building,  bent  their  old  and  leafy  heads. 

At  the  foot  of  what  to  the  rest  was  colled  a  gently  swelling  hill,  !aj 
the  remaios  of  the  extensive  gardens  which  hod  once  given  tUe  loxn- 
riua  of  the  vegetable  world  to  the  banqueta  of  llio  Abbey :  bit  eh* 
hDJldlngs  which  had  nursed  Iboae  luxuries  were  all  gone  to  decey, 
and  the  gay  iilantatlons  were  overrun  with  the  progeny  of  DOgJMnind 
sloth. 

The  Abbey  was  one  "f  tlie  most  venerable  looking  bni'ding* 
Amanda  bad  ever  beheld ;  bat  it  was  in  meloochu'.y  giAddsnr  abe 
now  saw  it.  In  the  wane  of  its  days,  when  ila  glory  was  passed 
away,  and  the  whole  pile  proclaiiued  desertion  and  decay,  aoe  saw  ft, 
when  to  use  the  beantifnl  language  of  Hutchinson,  its  pade  was  brci^ 
low,  when  \ti  magnificeDee  was  sinking  in  the  dast,  when  iribulatioD 
had  taken  the  seat  of  hospitality,  and  solitode  reigned,  vhere  rooe 
the  jocund  guest  had  laughed  over  Uie  sparkling  bowl,  whilst  the 
owls  sung  nightly  their  Gtrains  of  melancholy  to  the  moonshine  that 
slept  upon  its  mouldering  battlements. 

The  heart  of  Amanda  was  full  of  the  fond  idea  of  her  parents,  and 
tlie  liigli  of  tender  remembrance  stole  from  it.  '■  [low  little  room,"" 
thotight  she,  "should  there  be  in  the  human  heart  fur  iLe  worldly 
pride  which  so  often  dilates  it,  hahle  as  nil  things  are  to  chang*  tbe 
distress  in  which  the  deajendants  of  noble  families  are  fo  ut'le^  eata, 
the  decline  of  such  lamilies  themselveB  should  check  'hat  anvfgsnt  pr*- 
sumption  with  which  so  many  look  forward  to  having  tlicir  grealceM 
and  prosperity  perpetuated  through  every  branch  of  their  poaterity. 

The  proud  possessora  of  this  Abbey,  aurrotiiided  witli  aHliience,  and 
living  in  its  full  cDJoymont,  never  perliapa  admitted  the  idea  SB  at  all 
iir^ibable,  that  one  of  their  descendanls  should  ever  approach  Uie  «rtt 
of  her  ancestors  without  thut  pomp  and  clfBsntE  which  herwltrfw*? 


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dutiugulahed  its  tlitugliUre.  Aiiul  une  now  ftpproaokes  it  nerlhur  U> 
iKspluy  or  uunteuipkla  the  pogSAotr;  of  weoltli,  but  meek  ar.d  lunly; 
not  to  receive  ihe  smik  of  love,  or  tb«  embrace  of  reUtirea,  bal 
>fSict«il  Aud  ankuuwii,  glad  to  Had